I am 39 yrs old, been learning the art of smoking for close to 16 yrs now. Mainly trial and error, hear say from buddies ETC. I mainly use Mesquite as my preferred smoke. I use a side fire box smoker from a box store. Working on a different style smoker than what I have seen available....my 2nd hobby is welding/fabbing. I mainly cook beef, chicken, pork, wild pork and fish. Venture off into Venison, Dove, Quail now and then. Looking forward to be active here, I am very interested in sides and fruits.veggies on the grill too. BTW... I am near Corpus Christi, Tx.