Ordered a 20 on 12-29 from the Charcoal Store. I've been smokin' turkeys, brisket, summer sausage,pork, etc.,for years, but this will be my first electric unit.
I started with acharcoal up-right "bullet" smoker, then graduated to a side box grill-smoker and have had great results for years. The problem has been when cold weather hits here in MO. the smokin' takes too much charcoal +wood to maintain temp with uninsulated steel, so have to wait for warmer weather.
Been readin' the forums to learn about these insulated smokers while I wait. I am so pumped to be able to smoke anytime and not have to "babysit" quite so much. Keep up the writin' so I can learn more so I'll be ready to go when my smoker arrives.
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Welcome to the forum and the "world of electric smokers done right"! I must admit that I entered this world about 5 years ago when I decided to retire my Brinkmann off-set. I never shed a tear on that decision and I doubt you ever will! Lots of great support on this forum and a group that will never let you down. Hope you enjoy your new smoker for many, many years!
Nice to see a fellow "show-me-state" smoker making a smart move. I just love my little black box(020). Please, read...read...and read some more. My advise to you is go to target store and get 2 taylor probes(don't ask how I know). I just smoked 3 pbs and it was 6* outside when I smoked them. No problem with the cold here in MO.
smoked my first ribs in Iowa yesterday and it was 12 below when I started and zero when I finished. wife said they were better than any she has had from any place in town and this was my first effort. I'm not sure they were that good but I was happy for my first effort. cold temps are not a problem came out good.
You've seen the commercials, set and forget it. Put your therm in and go play. I set mine at 200 and only have to vary the length of time I cook. I use a piece of Saran wrap on my digital unit that sets on top of my smoker. I do open up the smoke chimney to clear it from snow or ice. I smoke all year long.
I had the same experience here in Virginia over the weekend. Put in a PB while the air temp was about 12* and the wind chill brought it down to about 5*. My wife said it was some of the best I have ever done. Gave some to a buddy at work today who grew up in Alabama...he raved about it and couldn't believe that I did it in this kind of weather.
I think we will have a new CS owner soon !!

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