Hey Y'all... A few years ago I developed a passion for BBQ. I'm in my mid 30s with a beautiful wife and a wonderful little boy. I served in combat as an infantryman in the 101st airborne during the initial invasion of Iraq, and now I pastor a church in Troy, Michigan. I love God, love my family, love my country, and I love low and slow cooking. My favorite part about BBQ is the process (don't get me wrong, I love the eating)... but there's something special about stoking a long hickory fire while the smell of bbq pork fills the air. I've only been at this a couple of years, and I have a lot to learn. I am hoping to glean some wisdom from you fine men and women out there who know what you're doing... I've learned a lot already on here. About three years ago I built my first pit out of cinder block. It's about 4' x 4' wide and 5' tall. I have an open hearth in front. I used old oven racks to build multiple-layered shelves inside. I call her Roberta. I've spent a lot of time with pork, brisket, and ribs. All open fire - All hickory, cherry, apple and mesquite. Last year my wife bought me a Smoke Hollow 3500 charcoal/propane grill and smoker from Home Depot. I've started to use it for small cooks... She's pretty, but she's no Roberta.