Good morning everyone and Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is AWESOME for all of you! My best friend and I have been married for almost 30 years and have two girls, a son in law, a son in law to be and three grand babies. Don't let the babies' mention in the last position fool you... they rule the roost! I am a long time griller and have dabbled in smoking but more using very rudimentary knowledge of indirect heat in my beloved Weber Kettles. I want to get more serious about smoking and have been absolutely amazed by the information on this site! I feel like I am in the presence of masters of the craft and can't wait to learn from you. I am located in Central Illinois and work for a major insurance carrier. If you know anything about insurance, it will take you about 30 seconds to figure out which city! As a hint, "What are you wearing, Jake from... ? ... She sounds hideous." "Well, she's a guy." I have to admit that commercial still cracks me up! I just bought a 40" Masterbuilt digital electric smoker and she is seasoned and ready to go. I love having the opportunity to learn from each of you! I can't wait!