Hello All - My name is Troy, and I'm from Pittsburgh, PA. I've never smoked anything yet, but can't wait to give it a try. My wife got me a Brinkmann Vertical Charcoal Smoker for Christmas. It has two cooking grates, four air dampers, two bowls (for H2O and charcoal) and a thermometer. Although I'm not allowed to use it yet (not until Christmas Day!), I'm trying to read and educate myself as much as possible before I actually fire it up. If anyone has any experience with this type of smoker, I'd love to hear from you.