Hello, I am a total newbie to smoking and have always wanted to try it. Last week I Googled "how to smoke meat" and this site came up on top. From what I can see it's a winner! I've just received my 5th eCourse. So many questions. I have pretty much decided on a propane model... http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=3342513 The electric seem ok and the wood/charcoal ones scare me a little. Only because I've had problems sometimes keeping a charcoal grill going if the charcoal draws damp. It would be the same with wood. I don't mind fussing with things but the wood/charcoal seems it could drive me nuts. (I want to enjoy this not get frustrated too quickly) I like the idea of easily and reliably being able to control the temperature. AH!! Drinking a beer and nursing a fire for a few hours... I could do that!! One question I have is about the thermometer. Do you take spot checks on the meat or do you keep the probe stuck in the meat? Do you somehow mount the display outside the smoker?