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Post  SmokIan on Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:47 pm

Hello all!! My name is Ian (not the one who runs this joint LOL), from Kentucky. I have been smoking on a Cabelas electric water smoker for some time and have finally decided to upgrade. After months of researching and comparing I narrowed it down to the upcoming Weber 22.5" WSM and the Pro Q Excel 20. I will be honest, at first I wrote the Excel 20 off and was focused on getting the 22.5 WSM as I am a Weber man. However, the more I waiting for the release of the 22.5 and the longer it went with no one having it stock the more and more I started reading about the Excel 20. Yesterday I took the plunge and ordered a Pro Q Excel 20 w/extra stacker from Fred's. After reading pretty much every single thing I could find on the Excel 20 and the 22.5 WSM, I think I made the right choice even if the WSM would have been available. I am pretty excited about this thing coming in, I can't wait to fire it up and toss on a few racks of STL cuts!! Don't worry, when the Excel shows up I will post many pics!!!!! Any beginner tips you guys have would be greatly appreciated!!


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Post  Treegje on Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:31 pm

You certainly will not complain about your choice cheers

You know in the meantime you can find many helpfull things on the forum

Much pleasure and smoke enjoyment,Let us know your adventures
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Post  ILBBQS.com on Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:43 pm

Welcome to the forum! Another Yank too. Though I live in Southern Illinois, my bride is from Louisville. Where in Kentucky are you, Ian?
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Post  jenks_24 on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:37 pm

Welcome Ian...#2 Laughing

You'll love this forum and find a lot of great folks here.
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Post  smokinxray on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:41 pm

you will love it, get her good and dirty, a bit of foil tape helps with the joints on the q
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Post  SmokIan on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:54 pm

ILBBQS.com wrote:Welcome to the forum! Another Yank too. Though I live in Southern Illinois, my bride is from Louisville. Where in Kentucky are you, Ian?




I am from a small town called Flatwoods, KY. It is in North Eastern KY, about 1.5 to 2 hrs east of lexington.

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Post  SmokIan on Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:55 pm

Treegje wrote:You certainly will not complain about your choice cheers

You know in the meantime you can find many helpfull things on the forum

Much pleasure and smoke enjoyment,Let us know your adventures


Yes, I have found a lot of helpful things here, I have been reading on here for quite a while, just now joined though......

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Post  ILBBQS.com on Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:26 pm

SmokIan wrote:I am from a small town called Flatwoods, KY. It is in North Eastern KY, about 1.5 to 2 hrs east of lexington.

Ian
We're practically neighbors...practically. Smile

Enjoy the forum...a lot of good people here from all over the world.
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Post  SmokIan on Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:55 am

well I got a great email today!!!!!! The excel shipped, should be here Mon or tues! Woot!!!!!

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Post  Mack on Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:08 am

Welcome Ian!
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Post  SmokIan on Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:48 pm

The Pro Q EXCEL 20 Arrived this morning!!!! All I can say is HELL YEAH!!! Pics to come shortly!!!!

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Post  jenks_24 on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:24 pm

Great news Ian #2!

What's the first cook gonna be?
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Post  SmokIan on Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:38 pm

jenks_24 wrote:Great news Ian #2!

What's the first cook gonna be?


Not sure what my first cook will be....Do I need to "Season" it first or should I just "Season" it with my first cook.....I am thinking of either ribs and some chicken wings or a boston butt... Leaning towards chicken wings and ribs...What do you guys think I should do first??



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Post  Gooby's BBQ on Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:45 pm

Welcome to the forum Ian Good choice on the smoker cook'em all Very Happy

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Post  SmokIan on Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:58 pm




Just a quick photo taken with my cell phone. More to come when my digital camera battery charges!

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No Longer waiting! ITS HERE!

Post  SmokIan on Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:07 pm

Gooby's BBQ wrote:Welcome to the forum Ian Good choice on the smoker cook'em all Very Happy

LOL, I'm not sure if I can eat that much!!!!

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Post  ILBBQS.com on Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:24 pm

SmokIan wrote:
Gooby's BBQ wrote:Welcome to the forum Ian Good choice on the smoker cook'em all Very Happy

LOL, I'm not sure if I can eat that much!!!!
I'm sure you can find some friends to share with you! pig Otherwise, vacuum seal and freeze.
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Post  jenks_24 on Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:12 pm

Hey Ian,

I would season it without the meat for the first cook, so you can get a feel for your new toy Twisted Evil

Plus it can help seal the seams a little and make your first real cook that much better!
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Post  SmokIan on Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:54 pm

jenks_24 wrote:Hey Ian,

I would season it without the meat for the first cook, so you can get a feel for your new toy Twisted Evil

Plus it can help seal the seams a little and make your first real cook that much better!


Thanks for the tip!! I will make sure and do that!

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