Hi all..Great site..wish there was something like this when I got started.. Anyway..I'm an 18 year Navy Chief, Have been cooking in various form or fashion since I was a kid..didn't get any good at it until my wife got sick of cooking.. Back about 2000 or so my mom bought me a brinkmann offset smoker, but it's one of the good ones it's all heavy gage steel..3/16" or a 1/4" sucker is HEAVY! But it works very well. I haven't been cooking outside much lately, no time, but I usually make pork ribs and Boston Butts for the family...I took up dutch oven cooking a few years back, as all my girls are in scouting, and I wind up doing the cooking at the camp outs....someone came along at the first one and very officiously informed me that I wasn't cooking in the girlsout way, and that I hadn't been to this class and that class....That didn't last long.. (I AM a Chief) and now I dont' get any flak, they just all line up bowls in hand... Good food is the worlds greatest persuader... I have a small collection of cast iron, mostly my dutch ovens...but I recently scored a 25 gallon cauldron...I am so wanting to make 20 gallons of chili..oh well..maybe I'll find a group big enough before too long. My family and I are also avid gardeners...we have a quarter acre or so under cultivation right now..mostly tomatoes for sauce and peppers and beans... Thanks for a great site!