WEll I joined up a few weeks ago and have been dilligently reading everythign I could on the site. I have actually been smoking for about 6 weeks now, ussually once a week. After my first Brisket and ribs on the grill but low and slow, the family decided that I needed a real live smoker. So they bought me the Brinkman Vertical from Walmart, it started out as a nightmare by the way, but with help I found here and on the Net I managed to get the piece of.... well I managed to get the product to work half way decently. Oh I am in GA east of Atlanta and have a yard full of trees to use for fuel, I think it is some type of maple primarily, so no more charcoal and store bought hickory chunks for me. Smoked a couple picnics last week with just the trees and it came out pretty well, not as smoky as Mesquite or the hickory I think but it gets the job done and its free. Thanks for all the help and ideas thus far.