Hi all!! A little about me, not much to tell, I have been having a great time taking my son hunting and fishing for the last few years (started him at age 3) he is now 7 and have always liked smoking our catch. I started out with a big cheif after watching my dad smoke in a little chief for years and is still using the same one BTW. He always used his in the box so I figured I would do the same (even though it said not to). It worked great for the first few tries. Then one day I notice a little "extra" smoke going past the window on the house a quick peak out side....I had flames licking at the eves of the house. Big Chief in the box= VERY BAD IDEA. Next experience with it, I had it on our back porch which is wood and after making a batch of jerky the next day I went to put the smoker away and picked it up and low and behold we had a 6" charcoal lined hole threw the floor....Another brilliant idea on my part!! Any way my "Big Chief" days are over I broke down and bought a Cook Shack SM 25 and so far I am still learning which is why I am here. Tools of the trade so far: Cabellas grinder 3/4 hp = a bit small for my liking Cabellas jerky slicer atatchment for the grinder = havent used it yet Cook Shack SM 25 = love it just need to learn more Grandpas old butcher knifes = never part with them!! (just wish wife wouldnt cut on glass cutting board with them) BTW Hi Hoss, NW Dave!