Hello from Kansas and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world. Been smoking meet for about 10 years and have done it on Weber's, huge pull behind smokers, Hasty Bakes and backwoods smokers. About a month ago I switched to a Traeger because it allowed me to do what I love and still coach my girls teams and be gone for long periods of time and still make wonderful tasting food. Still have all the stick smokers and use them when I am going to be home but have to say that I love the Traeger and what it does. I hope that I can learn from all of you and become a better cook. thanks again!