Hi! My name is Jason. I'm from the suburbs of Chicago and just got my first smoker. My wife got me a Brinkmann Gourmet Charcoal Smoker/Grill for Christmas this year. Before that, I had (still have) a Brinkmann propane grill (sold under the Charmglow name), and had dabbled in smoking with a smoker box on that. I'm excited to start doing some real smoking with charcoal. I write a food blog in my spare time, and love to cook in the kitchen and outside for my wife and 2 year old son. I'm very happy to have found this forum, and I plan to check in often!