Hello - I'm located in the Twin Cities. I had been messing around with using my gas grill for smoking for a year or so but I found it really hard to keep the temperature low enough. I recently purchased a used CharBroil H2O Electric smoker for $20 and thought I'd give it a try. Did two racks of ribs and pork shoulder this weekend. It was a little hard getting the temps high enough with the cool temps out so ended up finishing the meats on my grill. Everything was very tasty and the process was fun. Looking forward to learning more and trying others meats. But I think the Minnesota winters are going to limit my opportunities with an electric smoker.