Hello all, I am very new to this but have wanted to buy a smoker for years. I am looking forward to making some good bbq aswell as some jerkey too. I live in central NJ, and I also brew my own beer at home. I am hoping that the smoking will round out my summer parties (as well as our stomachs). I used worked as a banquet chef for a time at a country club and also spent time as a line cook and prep cook at a sports bar so I am not afraid to get my hands dirty and cook. I have never smoked any meat before and am stuck deciding on what to buy as my first smoker. I think I would like a gas smoker due to its ease of temperature control and the fact that the electric models seem to have issues that I would prefer to avoid completely. My price range tops out at about $225 including shipping if it needs to be shipped. I also plan on keeping this sucker outside where it will experience snow/rain/ice..etc. So it needs to be well built and probably have a cover of some sort. If you guys have ANY suggestions please let me know! I will be starting the "class" provided by this website this week sometime. Nice to Meet You All!