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Thumper
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 3:00 am    Post subject: Total Noob Alert! Reply with quote

Hi all,
I found this site last week and am having a great time looking around and searching for different topics. I outside of a small Kansas town and work in Wichita (at least still). I recieved a Rival KC smoker/roaster electric appliacne for christmas. I have used it twice in as many weekends. I did two racks of BB ribs and 2 racks of spares with decent results. They were good, but I am looking for better. I am thinking that practice makes perfect. I am also looking for a different smoker, but I don't have much of a budget. With that thought in mind what do you fine folks think of this cheap Brinkman on that I am see on my local craigslist? http://wichita.craigslist.org/hsh/1173779891.html

Thanks,

Stan


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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Stan....I don't think your link is working.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, CB.

I think I have the link fixed now.
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NaughtyNurse
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Thumper. I had to check who it was since that is my wife's nickname Laughing Laughing
Which small town? I'm in Winfield.
As for the Brinkmann, I would pass. I don't know what your budget is but there are better, IMO, options
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, NaughtyNurse

I live in Goessel. North of Newton. I go by thumper because I ride a 4 stroke dirt bike.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ring Stan.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring Stan, looking forward to seeing some pics of your cooks. Smile Like NaughtyNurse said I would look for other options.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thumper wrote:
Thanks, NaughtyNurse

I live in Goessel. North of Newton. I go by thumper because I ride a 4 stroke dirt bike.

I'm not gonna tell how my wife got her nickname Twisted Evil she'd bury me in the garden and sell all my stuff Laughing
The problem with the Brinkmann you were looking at is you have no control over the air flow. It will work, but if you are getting into smoking like it sounds you are, you will be looking to replace it real soon.
If you are ever headed south give me a shout and we'll try to get together. I have a variety of cookers and am looking at another, if we get it we'll have some for sale.
Also, there is a competition in Cowtown June 12 & 13, if you can, come down and just walk around and talk to as many people as you can. If you haven't picked up a smoker by then you can get some ideas of what others are using and maybe pick up some of the good and bad of different styles.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Ring!
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome To The Smoke Ring Forum, Stan
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Thumper
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NaughtyNurse wrote:
Thumper wrote:
Thanks, NaughtyNurse

I live in Goessel. North of Newton. I go by thumper because I ride a 4 stroke dirt bike.

I'm not gonna tell how my wife got her nickname Twisted Evil she'd bury me in the garden and sell all my stuff Laughing
The problem with the Brinkmann you were looking at is you have no control over the air flow. It will work, but if you are getting into smoking like it sounds you are, you will be looking to replace it real soon.
If you are ever headed south give me a shout and we'll try to get together. I have a variety of cookers and am looking at another, if we get it we'll have some for sale.
Also, there is a competition in Cowtown June 12 & 13, if you can, come down and just walk around and talk to as many people as you can. If you haven't picked up a smoker by then you can get some ideas of what others are using and maybe pick up some of the good and bad of different styles.


I do have to agree with you on the Brinkman. After reading more here and geting opinions I will wait awhile. The budget is slim now, but hey I a still have a job and the electric smoker. I will try to make the rounds @ cowtown as well.

Thanks,
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I learned on that Brinkman, as a matter of fact still have it in my shed and still use it at times,but I switched it over to electric, the only problem with it was when it got cold outside(Nov. turkey day) it was hard to keep the temp up so I built a small crate that it would fit in with three sides and a hinged top, the temp would stay at 225* but it was a long day to smoke a 18 lb. turkey. I had no complates how the turkey looked or tasted but I'll tell you that the breast meat was moist and juicey, there's a little trick on getten your turkey breast moist (with out a brine). Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 20 09 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Bro, I would buy it!!! I have used one just like it for many years with great results...good smoker to learn on!!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 21 09 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome. These folks here know the stuff. I've learned a lot in a short time.
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PostPosted: Sat May 23 09 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Thumper! You don't have to spend a lot to make Q. It's the end result that matters! Some cookers are more labor intensive and require more babysitting, but some guys like that. No matter what you decide, get to know your cooker and practice, practice, practice.

oh yea! Have lots of fun too! Glad to have ya here!
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PostPosted: Sat May 23 09 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to say thanks to everybody for the warm (or should I say smoking) welcome!

I got up early to try my hand at a brisket today with my pseudo electric smoker. Wish me luck. Getting up made me feel like a smoker anyway!

Cheers,
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