From the West Coast of Florida. Just started w/ a side chamber smoker.....not as easy as originally thought but enjoy it to say the least. I have an abundance of Oak, but family and friends feel that using Oak as 'fuel' and 'smoke' is too much for their tastes. Just started mixing mesquite/oak or hickory/oak and seem to get better results - especially when 'finishing' on Weber gas grill. And by the way..... If you ever drive through the Clearwater area and you smell smoke and hear Kid Rock and/or DMB....it's a good time in the back yard and stop by!!!!!!!