Hi All, Im new to these forums - so I wanted to drop in and say hello. I found this site by searching the net for help with my smoker! Great site! Anyhow - I live in the Suburbs near Detroit and I recently was given a smoker (brand new in the box) by my father in-law. He re-gifted it to me seeing as it was just sitting in his garage. Im using the Brinkman Charcoal Smoker - the rectangular shaped one with the big front door - two rack shelves and then the water pan - then the coal pan. It has the thermometer in the door - but I read somewhere that I should get another one for the inside - so I put an oven thermo in there. Basically, I love to be outside during the winter months (I know that sounds crazy to some of you southern snow birds - but I love the winter) and I figure since use my BBQ grill all winter - I might as well get into smoke'n too? And for personal info about myself... that I like to share on the WWW for everyone to read... cause I got no shame... Here it is... * Im happily married (most days - lol) * I have a two 1/2 year old son (makes me laugh every day) * Im an avid ATV'er, (Arctic Cat 700 TRV Cruiser) * I work in healthcare (I take care of people, thats what we do) * My favorite cocktail is Jim Beam (In a rocks glass with a splash of diet coke - ya know - for the color.) * I have a great sense of humor (mean people suck) * Genuinely, I love people, good people. (without regard to their socioeconomic status) * I still believe there are honest people in the world (I've met a couple) * This summer I want to buy a 30 foot cabin cruiser (but between you and me... I can't afford it) * I love photography - its my true passion (but not what pays my bills) * I believe in God and have seen his miricales (but I dont go to church) * I voted (but my candidate didn't win) * Im a germ-a-phobe (ever since I took that microbiology class 15 yrs ago) * I don't own and Ipod or MP3 player (humm?) * Im on Facebook and myspace (but I don't twitter - tweet tweet) * Lets Go! Red Wings! Lets Go! Red Wings! ... and the chant continues. * Its time to check the smoker - (thanks for reading this far) Im looking forward to hanging around on the site! Today I tackle Jerky, next weekend Im going for the Salmon. Happy Holidays (if we dont chat beforehand) Cheers! Mr. Detroiter!