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Old 06-13-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Greetings one and all. I have no idea how long these things are suposed to be and I tend to ramble so I hope you all will bare with me on my introduction. I am a trained chef but have not cooked professionally for upwards of 15 years. All of my adult life I have had a propane grill arround and used it off and on. I happened upon the first season of pitmasters and was instantly hooked and intrigued. Shortly after it was over I purchased a masterbuilt electric smokehouse to go along with my grill and began to play around and learn BBQ. About this time I found the BCRN and the radio show and began to listen religously. came to realize that if i really wanted to do it right I needed to be able to cook with charcoal and wood.

Father's day came early in our house and I spent last night assembling my new Chargriller four way Grillin' pro (one half is a propane grill with a side burner and the other half is a charcoal grill with a smoker box.

I have been reading up and am excited to dive into BBQ the real way (outdoor, live fire cooking baby) My motto in life is "anything worth doing is worth over doing" which explains why I roast my own coffee and am preparing to start the pursuit of a 5th college degree.

with that being said I am sure I will ask a ton of dumb questions but I am looking forward to learning and prefecting my q.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Welcome! I'm a mid Michigan visitor every year to Midland/Mt. Pleasant
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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hey thats not to far. we are just a bit south west of Lansing
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #4
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Welcome DFI from a summer resident of Northern MI, Mullett Lake. Loads of great folks here, we're all anxious to learn or teach.
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Hi and welcome... I've never been to Michigan
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:04 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome... I've never been to Michigan

you're really missing out...summer are the best two weeks of the year if you can avoid the construction
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Hi and welcome... I've never been to Michigan

you're really missing out...summer are the best two weeks of the year if you can avoid the construction

I've been close; I'm originally from New York...
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Hey DFI welcome. Now I have come full circle back to electricity for long cooks..propane for grilling. Now tell us whut be the key on the Masterbuilts to keep the chips smoldering and the temps lowish? Reason I axe is a got cheap knock off made by the Royal Oak folks which has the same injuneering flaw which has the chips at the same level as the half fast water pan. Took a chinaman to think of that huh? Aint used it yet but am thinking of sitting a firebrick on edge just fits under the heating element cuz it is long and flappy and has a zig zag pattern...and putting the chip box on the element and putting a Sams half pan on the first rack from the bottom with water in it. Let me know if that seems feasible or how did you handle the problemo back afore you graduated up to wood. Or maybe it wasnt even an issue. Who knows? Thanks.
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Welcome!!! I grew up in Michigan, about an hour north of Lansing in a town called Carson City.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:00 AM   #10
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Glad to have you join. I spent a whole month on vacation, camping with my parents, in Michigan when I was 15, on a lake. Had a boat & motor. Fished & went swimming every day. Betst summer ever.
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