I am retired and lucky enough to be able to leave when Delaware temps get cold. During those months, I stay with friends in Panama. I am not Hispanic, so I have to learn Spanish. It's improving - a little. I've been grilling for years, but smoking is new to me. I need to learn all that I can. Reading this site, I see that many prefer pellets or sawdust. I would prefer to use wood chips because they are less expensive and not commonly found in Panama. Even in Delaware, Lowes and Home Depot don't carry any pellets larger than the 8 oz. samplers. We don't have anywhere else here in rural Delaware. In Delaware, I have a Masterbuilt electric smoker which I purchased. In Panama, I have a homemade rig made from two old Weber type barell smokers and a portable one burner propane hotplate. It's butt ugly, but it works. Any bad food has me to blame. I am also attempting to create a cold smoker from a few leftover parts from the barell smokers. Haven't actually done it yet. Any advice would help.