Hello all fellow meat makers. I am a resident of Farmington, MN. My Grandfather was a farmer around Barney, ND. He gave me my first meat grinder. It is an old hand cranked cast iron device that served him and me well for decades. The next grinder was purchased from a outdoor sports store. One hp self contained unit. It does OK for small projects but lacks the ability to grind the volume needed for 30+ lb projects. My meat grinding has been upgraded to a #32 mounted on a steel frame powered by an electric 5hp motor. A few pillow blocks and pulleys serve as gear reduction and a belt tensioner from a mid 90's vintage chevy. This thing will grind from fingers to shoulder faster than you can say ouch. My father was a meat cutter for 30 years. He worked for Hanson's meats in Minneapolis back in the 1960's. Then worked for Super Value and then Country Club Markets when he retired. He set me up with my first smoker, a little chief aluminum box with a hot plate in the bottom. My next smoker was a 30 gallon galvanized garbage can. Now I have a custom made plywood device. Two heating elements from a electric range with controls. It measures 2"x2"x4" and does exactly what I need it to do. I love making sausage, bacon of all varieties, ribs and sloooow schmoked pork butts. I am certain this forum will serve all of us well as an educational and fun source of smoking and meat making.