first...great site! the users here really have a wealth of smoking knowledge - thanks for sharing! my name is matt and i live in southeast missouri. grilling and bbq-ing are some of my favorite things to do and i'm excited to add smoking to this list. other than food, i enjoy anything outdoors, movies, cigars and woodworking. i started on a cheap gas grill...moved to a large barrel style charcoal grill (where i began to experiment with smoking/slow cooking things)...got a char-broil infrared commercial series grill...and finally inherited an old 'ecb' that no one was using and have successfully smoked ribs, pork butts and "fatties" but am definitely still learning.