My name is Jason and I am faily new to smoking. I live about as far in the middle of nowhere as you can get in East Kentucky but I wouldn't have it any other way as I am as country as cornbread as they say. I bought a Master Forge vertical gas smoker two years ago and smoked quite a bit that summer. Last summer I didn't do as much as I became an avid fan of dirt track racing. May actually combine the two this year. I received a CharGriller with the gas and charcoal combination for Christmas. My wifey is the greatest. I am going to buy the side fire box but have never smoked with charcoal before. Do you think I should wait for it to warm up before I try my first smoke with charcoal? I have smoked with my gas before in the winter and didn't have any problems but from what I have read on here charcoal is an entirely different animal. Also I drew an archery cow elk tag here in KY. No luck yet but I was thinking if I did happen to take one I would save one of the front legs for smoking. Anyone ever tried smoking an elk shoulder?