Hi, this is Diane (nuarcher) from California. I have a cookshack smoker that I have been 'fooling around' with for a couple of years...I love this smoker. I decided that I would like to get a bit more into using my smoker this year and am looking forward to the experise of all! I also love to make Jerky and my husband got me a Cablelas 160lit for my birthday recently and I am just starting to use it too. I learned to make jerky from my father-in law who was in his late 80's when he started teaching me...it took me almost 5 years to get any good at it! Lot's to learn about making good jerky and when it is done! I look forward to new recipes to use for my smoker and help with my new dehydrater in making jerky!