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MacMitch
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Joined: 22 Dec 2005
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Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07 06 11:34 pm    Post subject: Also in Georgia, Reply with quote

I have been reading & enjoying this forum for several weeks now so I guess its time to introduce myself.

I live in Alpharetta, GA, North, Northern Fulton County, metro Atlanta on 12 acres in "horse" country. I am an animal nut who has become very active in dog training. I have been working on a commercial dog training "park" for several years now. I am building a place where people can hang out with their dog(s) & have some fun without all the restrictions dogs & people typically have to endure. Specifically we offer fenced & remote areas where people can work with their dog off leash, around other people with dogs who are also off leash. But enough about business..

I got kinda retired from my backpacking and many other outdoor activities when I was rear ended in my truck while stopped at a stop sign. You may not want to get me started on lawyers, insurance companies or even doctors. The end result is my back & neck are no longer open to sleeping outside. I use to love to cook over open fires for buddies on camping & hiking trips. I kinda became the unofficial camp chef. So for the last few years I have been learning to cook in outdoor smokers with my beloved wood.

I have been using a "Depot" smoker for 5-6 years and although it has taught me a great deal, it fails in so many respects I probably better not even get started on the subject. The wife & I decided to buy ourselves a "real" smoker for Christmas which led me here. My wife loves to bake but she prefers not to do much cooking so her attraction to this is the good food & the reduction in her role as chef. She is very happy preparing desert & homemade slaw. We have become increasingly interested in the idea of cooking not only for ourselves but for friends & clients.

We have some great places to set up a smoker and do some large cookouts so we are pretty excited about the idea. I am guessing we will be bugging you pore people pretty regularly now.
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Joined: 27 Jul 2005
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Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan

PostPosted: Sat Jan 07 06 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring, it's good to have ya. There are plenty of talented chefs and pitmasters here to answer all your questions. I have learned alot from these guy's and continue to learn. Enjoy



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Joined: 05 Jan 2006
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Location: Anderson, SC

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08 06 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Neighbor! I am about 2 hrs away from you, Anderson SC. As SIC said, there is a lot of info here. I know I have picked up a ton of information in this forum. Glad to have you with us.
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MacMitch
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Joined: 22 Dec 2005
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Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08 06 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies guys!

Anderson, SC ehh. I have a grandmother & grandfather burried there, use to visit granny often while I was in school at old FU (Furman University). Use to be this young coed, no better not go there, guess the wife could read this Smile)
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Joined: 13 Jun 2005
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Location: Florida

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08 06 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the ring!

We bought property in North Georgia (Epworth/Blue Ridge) area.

Good luck with your new venture, sounds like fun! Very Happy
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Mikesooner
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Joined: 19 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08 06 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Mac! Welcome!! Glad to hear you enjoy some smoke..what was the Depot you had, and what did you buy now?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08 06 8:55 pm    Post subject: Welcome ABOARD!!!!! Reply with quote

Welcome Mac,
Come on in. The Q is fine!!!!
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MacMitch
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Joined: 22 Dec 2005
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Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09 06 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mikesooner,

I don't think the Home Depot smoker I have has a name. It is a firebox about 18x20 attached to a 3' tall smoker box.

I think I am about to buy a Diamond Plate Fat 50. I very much admire the Bates workmanship, but the smoker I want from Bates is: 600+ more, does not have as much cooking space & Bates is way behind in orders, 10-12 weeks to build & more to get delivery.

I like the design and utility of the Diamond Fat 50. The cooker is a horizontally stretched cylinder that provides two shelves in the neighborhood of 60"x42", thats enormous cooking space in a small area. I like the Diamond mid, 45% fire box attached with 2 6" pipes instead of a simple hole. The water/steam system on the Diamonds is very nice. The Diamond has gas starter assist in the fire box and a large gas burner in the firebox that I am sure will come in handy. I would also get two HP gas burners. The wood storage is great. The whole layout is IMHO the easiest to work with.

I think the air/heat/smoke control on the Diamonds is second to none and IMHO when you get down to it that is the main issue in regard to how the thing will cook.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09 06 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Mac! I've heard nothing but good about Diamond Plate rigs...I think the Fat 50 is what OkieJay bought. Liked it so much, he became a dealer! Check out the member list if you want to talk to him about his experiences with his rig. Get that baby ordered!
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MacMitch
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Joined: 22 Dec 2005
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Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24 06 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Marietta dealer had the one here listed on eBay . The dang thing sold for over list so I missed that one. No problem Travis was building more. Looks like the guy that was going to go get it is sick so I am still haaaanging on Smile
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