Hello! I'm Ken and I live in Nebraska. I ate at Famous Daves' a week or so ago and I am possesed with trying to replicate that mouth watering brisket on my own! Unfortunately I got suckered into some plans off the internet on how to build my own smoker out of a trash can and a hot plate. I think it would work, but I can't get the hot plate to work properly. Being inside the can makes the thermostat not work right, I think. I am going to enjoy reading all the posts from people who actually know what they are doing, along with learning from some other rookies. Looking forward to it!!