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ggeilman
08-14-2005, 03:37 PM
Howdy all! I picked up my bandera last week and am in the process of curing it now. I own a small smoker that I have used a few times, but am relatively new to smoking.

Bigdog
08-14-2005, 04:29 PM
Welcome G-man. You're going to love your Bandera. Have you done any of the mods yet. The baffle and firegrate mods are the most critical, in that order. Enjoy. :D

Smoker
08-14-2005, 04:29 PM
Welcome to the group. If you have any advice, share it. If you need any advice, ask it.

ggeilman
08-14-2005, 04:49 PM
Thank-you for the welcome:) No mods as of yet, but I do want to get a baffle and a fire box. Was looking to see if anyone is still selling them. Have been grilling on a Weber kettle for 20 years or so and other grills before than for another 20. Decided to get a real smoker after putting a Bandera together for Home Depot Feb 1.

I have never smoked with wood before so I could use all the advice I can get. I picked up 10 lbs of Mesquite logs. I suppose I have to split them and remove the bark? They are about 3" in diameter. I used to use mesquite chips in the water pan in my old small barrel smoker, but not sure how best to use them in the Bandera.

Have a small (8 lb) brisket in the freezer to try in out, but will be 2 weeks before I have a whole day to dedicate to it.

Bigdog
08-14-2005, 05:33 PM
Thank-you for the welcome:) No mods as of yet, but I do want to get a baffle and a fire box. Was looking to see if anyone is still selling them. Have been grilling on a Weber kettle for 20 years or so and other grills before than for another 20. Decided to get a real smoker after putting a Bandera together for Home Depot Feb 1.

I have never smoked with wood before so I could use all the advice I can get. I picked up 10 lbs of Mesquite logs. I suppose I have to split them and remove the bark? They are about 3" in diameter. I used to use mesquite chips in the water pan in my old small barrel smoker, but not sure how best to use them in the Bandera.

Have a small (8 lb) brisket in the freezer to try in out, but will be 2 weeks before I have a whole day to dedicate to it.

There are baffle templates in the Bandera 101 document. They are easy to make. You can even use foil until you get yours finished. I don't know of anyone who is currently making them.

The easy temp. firegrate mod. is to take your ash pan grate, turn it sideways and slide it on the grill holders thingies a couple from the bottom.

As for stick burning, most of us start with a coal base made from charcoal. Then switch to logs. 2 smaller ones burn better, though faster, than one big one. Add more charcoal if you need more coals. I like 3" logs so I would not split them. About the diameter of a beer can is ideal. No need to remove bark. So do, I don't. May want to get some hickory or other more mild wood too. Mesquite burns hot and has a strong taste. I love it, but rarely use it alone. Layering wood flavors makes your Q more complex.

As for the chips, save them for grilling. Only use is wrapped in foil for gas or electric users.

Hope this helps.

icemn62
08-14-2005, 08:28 PM
Welcome to my new Brother. Grab a cold one and a seat. The fray is waiting for you to jump in.

The_Kapn
08-14-2005, 08:35 PM
Welcome to our little part of the Internet.
Hope you enjoy.

Get the Dera moded with a baffle and raise the firegrate and then enjoy a fine machine.

TIM

chad
08-14-2005, 09:04 PM
Welcome to the neighborhood! :D

VitaminQ
08-14-2005, 09:35 PM
Welcome!

thillin
08-14-2005, 09:35 PM
Welcome! Always glad to see another Texan aboard.

Ty

Hoorenga
08-14-2005, 11:09 PM
Glad to have you aboard. It is a wild ride so hang, take notes and share what you know.

qman
08-15-2005, 06:43 AM
Welcome Aboard!

Trout_man22
08-15-2005, 06:47 AM
Welcome

Jorge
08-15-2005, 08:45 AM
Welcome! Let me know if there is anything I can do to give you a hand. I'm in and out of SA all the time.

Bill-Chicago
08-15-2005, 08:49 AM
Welcome G

chad
08-15-2005, 09:13 AM
If you start looking for wood I'd suggest heading to Fredricksburg and other areas around the hill country and check out the orchards. Also, there are quite a few old growth pecan trees around around Somerset, Pearsall, Pleasanton, Jourdanton (you get the idea) and some folks there might let you pick up trimmings or deadfall limbs. There are probably some pecan groves I don't know about and they do pruning (as do the fruit orchards) every year.

Free is Good when it come to firewood.

frognot
08-15-2005, 09:19 AM
Welcome aboard, G-man!



Free is Good when it come to firewood.

And beer too! :lol:

BBQ_MAFIA
08-15-2005, 12:21 PM
Welcome

ggeilman
08-15-2005, 01:19 PM
Welcome aboard, G-man!



Free is Good when it come to firewood.

And beer too! :lol:

Especially beer!

Arlin_MacRae
08-15-2005, 01:29 PM
Welcome, big guy.

Arlin

rbsnwngs
08-15-2005, 03:17 PM
welcome

Aeynghus
08-16-2005, 12:50 PM
Greetings Brother G!!

ggeilman
08-17-2005, 09:02 AM
Thanks all!

Dang, I gotta get me a decent avatar!

BrooklynQ
08-17-2005, 09:08 AM
Welcome

Arlin_MacRae
08-17-2005, 10:21 AM
Thanks all!

Dang, I gotta get me a decent avatar!

May I recommend you find one, download it to your computer, then upload it to the board? <wink>

ggeilman
08-17-2005, 09:07 PM
Well no luck at the first Home Depot for the expanded metal.

ggeilman
08-17-2005, 09:12 PM
Thanks all!

Dang, I gotta get me a decent avatar!

May I recommend you find one, download it to your computer, then upload it to the board? <wink>

Well this will have to do until I have time to find something more appropriate.

nucleargeek
08-18-2005, 08:39 AM
Welcome fellow Texan...glad to have you. We're here to help.

Neil
08-19-2005, 02:07 PM
Welcome aboard, enjoy what you learn and share what you know.

ggeilman
08-20-2005, 01:44 AM
I will definitely post my first experience with the new Dera next weekend.

spicewine
08-22-2005, 09:22 AM
Welcome Bro!!