I live about right in the middle of North Dakota and I got started playing around with a smoker a couple years ago. Some things turn out great and other things need a little more practice. I built a smoker ( I call the Smokerator ) out of an old Hotpoint fridge. I uses a 1500 watt electric element controlled by a Auberin smoker temp control and I make smoke with the Bradley biscuit smoke generator. The setup works real good. Pretty much a set it and forget it sort of thing....most of the time... Anyhow, looking forward to learning a thing or two from your forum.