Hello, I'm from Southeast Texas. New to this forum and new to smoking. I've done a lot of research on smoking before I purchased my first smoker. I ended up with the Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition. From what I saw, it had good thick steel. I bought a Maverick Thermometer since that is what I've read to buy to monitor the grill and the meat. I've only smoked a brisket so far and for a beginner, it was ok. But I know I can do better. Very glad I joined this forum with all the knowledgeable people on here.