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    Hi folks, I'm Jon. I guess I'm now the newest new guy here. A few months ago I bought an old COS from Craigslist. Since I've had 0 experience in smoking, I decided to search online for general tips and instructions as well as mods to makes it better (I'm a tinkerer by nature, more on that later) and came upon this great site. Bad news for me that I already wasted my money to buy a COS, but the flip side is I paid way below retail and it's one of the larger older heavy gauge Brinkmann's so at least it wasn't a total loss. I've also got a small Weber Jumbo Joe that I recently picked up and and older charbroil gas grill. I love to cook and I make a pretty good burger or steak in a cast iron pan and a decent job on on the propane grill so now it's time to develop the charcoal and smoking skills.
    I'm an IT guy by trade, serving 4 years in the Air Force as a satellite communications technician and now a full time network technician in the civilian world. Being in that role and wanting a break from the rat race has led to my wife an I to start our own homestead. We're renovating the house before we move in and we plan on having a small amount of livestock and and a decent garden in addition to the small orchard already on the property. I'm also a beginning beekeeper and hobbyist blacksmith and actively attend both guild meetings. Thanks for having me. I'm looking forward to learning more.
    Last edited by Jonoaf; May 24, 2015, 08:25 AM.

    Welcome Aboard Jon.... sounds like you have lots going!

    I am trying to figure out how to do less and cook more LOL!


      Welcome to the Pit Jon


        Thanks guys!


          I reckon I can welcome you aboard, even though I am a newbie myself. Where you from?

          BTW, you are preparing to live my dream life, so I already don't like you by default!


            Haha, I'm from central Virginia near Fredericksburg. If I can establish the thought that I don't know a thing about computers amongst my neighbors then I think I will have succeeded in assimilating!


              Welcome.....after that lush garden, get a collection of Russian Nesting Dolls. Nacho Libre would be proud.


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                Love that movie. I'm a huge connoisseur of dumb quotable humor. Get that corn outta my face.

              Welcome to The Pit Jonoaf! Would being a blacksmith give you some skills as far as modding your COS? Or are you talking the horseshoe and sword-making kind of blacksmith? Forgive my ignorance in that area.

              Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members, it contains a few how-tos and please-dos.

              Hope to hear & see more from you!


                A Farrier makes horse shoes, a blacksmith makes everything else. Everyone has their own niche though. As far as the mods go, quiet a bit of cosmetic stuff can be done or things like shelves or spits could be made without a welder or with minimal welding (ie bending a corner vs cutting and welding a corner) You could also make some really ornate handles if you want to. Of course that won't make smoked bacon taste any better though :-)


                  Welcome Jon! I'm a USAF Vet as well. Flew C-130s in the Nav position.

                  We're glad you're here!


                    Thanks! I spent my days in a cold equipment room full of humming equipment far from any planes. I had one incentive flight in a KC-135 but that's it!



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