I wouldn't call myself a total noob, but I've been smoking for over a year now and am still learning new things every time I smoke. Because of low funds, I'm using a cheap Brinkmann I bought online. It has a big pan of coals on the bottom, a water pan on top of that, and two small racks for the meat. Its good enough for the time being, but it could NOT be used for a decent sized group of people. I'm basically here to share recipes, learn new techniques, and to report failures and successes.