Howdy. Pretty much a noob here. I have been using a brinkman bullet that I got at an auction over the years, but really only used it 5 times or so. Have had good luck, but want to get better. A guy down the street has been making some smokers and selling them off his lawn. The barrels come from his work and used to hold maple syrup. I bought this one off of him which was a new design and he loved it. Has the smoke stack, a door on the side for messing with the coals and adjusting the intake. There is also a plug to allow intake as well. Love the motorcycle chain to prop up the lid. I know I should of tried to go dual chamber, but I still have the bullet smoker which I intend to modify to do some cold smoking with this new smoker. Came with a rack for the coals and a rack for the meat surface which are not pictured. Headed down to SAM's and picked up a brisket. Then I found another site and learned you just do not jump into brisket for the first try. So into the freezer it is going to go while I learn my smoker and get a few more forgiving meats under my belt. Guess i will get the introduction out of the way and then ask a few basic questions from ya and continue to scour these forums to learn all I can. Just signed up for the 5 day lesson too. I am Steve and live in Lincoln, NE. I work for the state in IT. I love linux and gadgets. Avid mountain biker and lover of good beer. I brewed professionaly for 7 years before going into IT. Married to an awesome lady who is not too fond of smoked meat, but loves a good brisket. I cannot get enough smoked stuff and want to get to the average level. So on the smoker I bought. Any basic things you see that might be bummers or coolness? It has a smoker thermometor on the top. Is that a good place to put it? Should I employ a digital one as well or add another therm somewhere to know the temp of my smoker? I plan on getting more pics taken tonight and tomorrow. I am going to fire it up tomorrow to get a feel for how to control the temp and will throw a chicken on there to get a feel for it. Prob some ribs sat. Really looking forward to playing around and learning from you all.