I just got into smoking meats about 5-6 months ago. I currently own a Outdoor Gourmet Triton Gas/Charcoal/offset firebox grill (the Academy Summer special...LOL!) I bought it last summer, but only used the charcoal and gas grills until about 6 months ago when I decided to try smoking a brisket. I did a lot of research, and it actually turned out pretty good..but not perfect, so I was hooked!! Since then, I have smoked ribs, chicken, sausage, and even more brisket. Yep..I am addicted!!! Gonna try a pork butt in a couple of weeks. We shall see how it turns out. As for me, I am a retired USAF dude...24 1/2 years worth. Enjoyed it, but after my last deployment...most of the time spent outside the wire in Iraq, it was time to call it quits. War is a young man's game, and I am no longer a young man! I retired here in San Angelo, and now hold a civilian job, helping veterans get treatment for PTSD. And I also am the assistant pastor at a church here in town. So I spend lots of time practicing grilling/smoking at our potlucks! LOL.... Anyway, happy to be hear. Glad I found this place!