New Here - Tips appreciated

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by danlambskin, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. danlambskin

    danlambskin Newbie

    hello everyone...i just got my 1st smoker and was googling for some tips and found this forum

    anyway, any tips anyone can give me would be appreciated.

    this is the smoker i bought from Sears...i know it's a cheap one but i'm a casual user and do a lot of grilling too so i figured it would be a good one

    Brand Name BBQ Pro
    Product Name Barrel Smoker with Offset Firebox
    Model Number 07115897000
    MPN 20040309
    UPC 72000957813

    noticed the door on the firebox doesnt seam to seal real seems like there's maybe an 1/8"-1/4" this a big deal

    also...when smoking/slow cooking, do i want to use charcoal with just a few wood chunks tossed in? i ordered a sampler of wood chunks
  2. valkman

    valkman Smoke Blower

    Welcome to SMF! You'll find plenty of help here.
  3. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Dan. Glad you joined us. Take the time and read the posts, you'll find lots of helpful info there. Feel free to ask questions.
  4. Hey Dan, welcome to the smokers Forum. To answer your question about the gap in the fire box. It could affect the way that you smoke. The bigger the gap the more air that gets to your fire making it burn hotter. You might want to look into getting something to cover those gaps so you can better control your airflow thereby controlling your temps.
  5. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome Dan! Take a look over in the charcoal forum for some help on the smoker.
  6. dingle

    dingle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum Dan! Check out Jeff's 5day Ecourse in the left side margin. It covers the basics and is very informative. When you are ready, I'm sure there are some mods that can be made to that smoker to make it more efficient. Welcome aboard!
  7. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad ta have ya here Dan...Welcome!
  8. mcmelik

    mcmelik Smoke Blower

    You could use some aluminum foil to fill the gaps if you want to. 1/8 inch is not a lot but getting all the holes filled is the best thing to do.
    As far as the charcoal and wood. Just a few pieces of wood at a time is the best . You don't want to get to much smoke. I think most here would say to use lump charcoal The briquettes can give off a little bit of an oder when the first light although I have never been able to taste it in the food.
    Welcome and good smoking to you......
  9. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes, you're right. Get your coals going and then toss in a couple chunks with an eye towards your chimney. At first you'll get a lot of smoke, but then it should turn thin and blue- that's what you want. Be careful of using too much wood (like all the bag) for a small smoke; too much and you may not like your results. It's better off to start slowly and then decide what you personnaly like as you smoke on different times.

    Be aware that after you add your chunks, even if you don't see any smoke coming out the chimney, the wood is still working. The aromas the meat picks up are invisible, and after a while there may be no visible smoke. The watchword is "if you can smell it you are smoking".

    Good luck to you and congratulations on your new unit. Don't forget to do a pre-burn before cooking, and if you have any questions, ask here. We will help you.

    Glad you joined!
  10. scmelik

    scmelik Smoke Blower

    Welcome. I am new to smoking as well but have been around it a fair bit growing up. I think the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to just jump right in and start smoking. I have done probably ten smokes so far on my el cheapo brinkman bullet smoker and each one gets better and better because I have stated to learn my own preferances as well as my equipment. The more you smoke the more you will get a feel for it

    Take some time to read as much as you can here, the wealth of knowledge is increadible
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First welcome to SMF you'll like it here. There is someone to answer any question and like you see here alot of people to help you. So enjoy and learn my son.
  12. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF !!
  13. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF.

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