I have been reviewing a variety of threads with respect to the different types of pellet smokers on the market, many of which are discussed by the kind gentlemen on this forum who have personal experience with these products. I just introduced the concept to my wife and began to "grease" the skids, if you will, towards the eventual purchase of one of these smokers. However, a good deal of inside sales will have to take place before this will happen However, I have a couple of questions that you may find to be elementary, but have the information at your finger tips for a quick answer. 1. When you are smoking ribs, pork butt or brisket which tends to be a long smoke, how many pellets do you use by pound for that smoke? One manufacturer that I have looked at said that in using their product, that two pounds of pellets per smoke would be normal. 2. If you are regularly smoking and this is your prime source of fuel, do you purchase your pellets in bulk? And, if you do, what is the cost per pound of the pellets? 3. Bottom line, what does it cost you to do a smoke? Thanks very much and have a great day!