I was here eons ago, but I finally decided I really wanted to start smoking, so here I am. I just bought a Charbroil vertical gas smoker, mostly because I thought it would be easiest to maintain the temp I want. I am a little intimidated by offset smokers that only use wood and charcoal. I think I will get my feet wet with a couple chickens and maybe some sweet potatoes today. If I don't fail miserably, I will post results. I went ahead and bought the 5 Day Course last night. I am not the most patient person, and 5 days seems like an eternity when I want to do something now. Is there a thread somewhere with a list of commonly used acronyms? Oh, I live near Springfield, Mo., with my husband and 4 kids aged 18 to 3. I am a manager at a convenience store. I love to bake and cook, so smoking is the next step for me.