Just checking in from the Atlantic Coast! I have been smoking meat for several years, having fallen in love with BBQ when we lived in the deep south for several years. I started on an ECB, moved on to a Weber kettle, and just picked up a KG/CG Akorn this spring. The akorn just did a fantastic butt yesterday for a friend's cookout, in fact. I still have the kettle, along with a Weber gasser, and all 3 of my grills see regular use depending on what my mood is and what I am making. The gasser usually ends up sitting for a few weeks or longer when the tank goes empty though. I prefer charcoal, but don't hate the convenience of gas either, and the Genesis is a heck of a grill, honestly. One way or another, I usually cook on the grill 2-3 times per week.