Thanks for the nice welcome. I am in the Midwest and have been smoking for a few years now. Hopefully getting better and better every time but I'm sure you all know how that statement goes. I started with a upright LP smoker, then a horizontal barrel with firebox, now graduated to a homemade job that is electric. still working out the kinks but I'm happy with balanced heat and consistency I am getting from being electric. Knowing there are trade offs, I need to keep making small changes. I have done trout, salmon, butts, roasts, turkeys, "twice" smoked hams, briskets, ribs, sausage, etc. I also have a list of the things I have wrecked.... I call them the "things I did that I learned from." What brought me here was my contemplating with switching over to pellets Vs. chips. what to buy, what not to. I use chucks now and have been a apple, hickory, cherry, pecan fan. I have been reading about pro and cons. I need to continue research or just pull the trigger and try it out. Anyway, I have read some great stuff so far and hope to either learn more or help advise. It seems stories about failures help teach the best!!