Hi All, I have an electric Redi-Cook smoker and have never used it. I bought it to resale, but I still have it, so I've decided to keep and use it. It had no grill plates, so I had to order a couple of them even before I can to anything. I'm thinking I can "cook" with it (use it as an oven) whether or not I use chips for smoking. Am I correct? I also want to ask what I should use to put the chips in? They are to be used dry. Until I get something designed for sitting on the bottom grill plate to hold the chips, I may just try to get one of those foil containers and punch a bunch of holes in the bottom of it. Do you think that will work? Mesquite seems to really upset my tummy, although I love it. Anyone else have that problem? What flavor of chips do you recommend? Since I have never used a smoker (we have a nice propane BBQ), I thought I'd start with a chicken, so as not to ruin a good piece of meat . Where should my wife go to pick up chips? Will be looking forward to posts from you folks on here as to how to smoke different kinds of meat. I really want to do a brisket, but they only sell them by the ton and charge a million dollars . Happy eating!!