I live in Southern Illinois. I'm a long time smoker enthusiast. Had several small smokers and I've smoked quite a bit on homemade smokers which have all done well. My friend has a Southern Pride smoker that I use often (that thing is like cheating it's so easy!). I've got a son now on his own who is also into smoking and spends many a weekend with friends smoking various meats, which he seems to really enjoy. I'm in the market for a good smoker for him for Christmas and I hope to replace mine soon as well. We've always mostly smoked pork (ribs, pork shoulder, Boston butts) but I'm looking forward to trying a beef brisket soon as well as a whole hog. Looking forward to tapping all of the knowledge and expertise this forum has and sharing ideas among smoking enthusiasts!