I've been smoking for about 2 1/2 years now, some of it trial and error but more than not it has been a grand experience. I have MES and will be doing a 12.5 lb turkey for 6 people on Thursday. Brine ingredients all ready to go and will be putting that together tomorrow for a 12 hour soak. I'm going to try a mix of hickory and apple wood for the first time. Glad I have the time to prep and no need to go anywhere with the storm rolling in. I'm in VA and a couple of flakes makes everyone panic.