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Post by rodw » May 22nd, 2021, 3:46 am

Hi guys Rod from Australia here. Thinking about building an offset smoker and found your forum.

Let me say that Aussies have no clue about low and slow cooking!
My journey started when we bought a baby Weber Q for our RV which we pretty much wore out on the patio.
Then upgraded to a Weber Genesis gasser and tried some slow cooking.
Then one day went to my BBQ shop for a gas refill and bought home a tiny GMG pellet smoker (Davey Crocket)
Its had a real hammering for a couple of years and the grill is too close to the FB so stuff gets a bit burnt on a long cook.

So been thinking about building a new one cos I have a CNC plasma cutter and a press brake, but a bit nervous about a stick burner cos I grew up on a ranch with no mains power (32 volt lighting plant) and we had to feed a slow combustion stove for all cooking and hot water. After this the convenience of gas and pellets is pretty appealing... even if I know how to handle a wood fire pretty well! I laugh every time I see someone else try and split firewood, as they never have any idea...

Who knows it might be a pellet pooper I build... Anything I cook is considered amazing by any Aussie because as I said we have no clue!
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Post by SheffSmoker » May 22nd, 2021, 6:57 am

Welcome Rod!

Up to you what you build but I'm biased towards stick burners, I just think the flavour profile of food cooked on one is much better. I also find the art of feeding and tending the fire quite therapeutic :)

There's another Aussie on here, andysmoked is his name.

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Post by dacolson » May 22nd, 2021, 7:38 am

Welcome Rod.

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Post by JKalchik » May 22nd, 2021, 8:48 am

Hi ya, Rod.

What part are you from? And what local delicacies will you be smoking? Just tell me it's not hunstmen......

While it's more work & materials, I really like my gravity fed charcoal burner. Even without a temperature controller and just using a ball valve to control the inlet, this design holds temps pretty well. Just something else to consider.

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Post by Dirtytires » May 22nd, 2021, 10:26 am

Definitely a lot of choices available. I'm sure we can confuse and frustrate you because we ALL have the PERFECT smoker!

Anyway, glad to have you with us....

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Post by Big T » May 22nd, 2021, 12:44 pm

Welcome aboard!

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Re: noob from down under

Post by tinspark » May 22nd, 2021, 10:15 pm

Welcome aboard. This is a great place to learn and a bunch of cool guys on here!!

I too like the gravity feed smoker that I built.
But...... I like stick my burner that I built just as much!

I too find tending a fire is therapeutic, unless it is 110 degrees Fahrenheit here in the summertime. HAHA!
in that case, I will fire up the gravity feed and watch and adjust the controller from my cool family room while sipping on something cool..

For me I use the GF cooker for bigger cooks and the CF cooker for smaller stuff.
My CF also doubles as a Santa Maria, so i have been grilling dogs and burgers for the kids on that too and training my son on it too!!

I love them both!!

"tinspark's" build links below:
Last build-GF: ... 30#p114730
First build- Santa Maria Smoker: ... 7a614a230a
Santa Maria Rebuild: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7533&p=112344&hili ... 34#p112344

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Re: noob from down under

Post by Pete Mazz » May 23rd, 2021, 2:25 am


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