Well I read somewhere on here it is tradition to say hello here.... so after a few posts, and LOTS of reading, I'm saying hello... I'm a newbie to smoking, I'm currently using a smoker that my Mom gave me. I think she said she found it in the garage when she moved into her house... anyway it's basically and ECB but it's called a Mr. Smoker... lol I'm hoping to upgrade to a horizontal Char Griller after Christmas, if my better half gets all the hints I've been dropping... I started smoking on an ECB my Dad let me borrow, that has seen better days, it's been caught by the wind one too many times, but it still will works... kinda... I still have that ECB but I use the Mr Smoker because it has a hole in the charcoal pan and it burns better, and is easier to regulate the heat. I've only done about a half dozen smokes now, some better than others, but every single time I do it, the food is GONE, and everyone raves about it... lol I'm looking to just upgrade the smoker to get more consistant results... Anyway I've read TONS on here that has helped me out a lot! Mostly about the thin blue smoke, and how to build the fire in the ECB. I forget the name of the method, but placing a few lit coals from a chimney on top of unlit coals works awesome! I've also been following the "Mustard" thread, since I tried that once, and didn't care for the bark I got out of it.. But I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for all the help! Keep smokin!