... I'm new here. I'm James and I am from Los Angeles, CA, the suburbs. I am 40 years of age. I have a Charbroiler with a fire box. Been smoking meat since last summer. As you can see I'm a city boy. So many people from the country at this forum I feel left out because being a city boy from LA you can't expect me to weld things and make custom smokers or customize my smoker. I do have fun at smoking. I have been lurking the boards for months now but finally joined. The boards here have been helpful to me in successfully smoking meat. I have just posted for the first time today and before this just lurked as I noted earlier but even lurking has been very helpful towards me. I hope to learn more as time goes by. By the way there are two very good BBQ places I go to in the greater Los Angeles area. So if you are coming to LA on vacation or live here try these places. Big Mama's Rib Shack in Pasadena, north Lake Ave. I hear they have one in Las Vegas also. Get the Cajun Fries there you won't be regretful of your order. Then there is The Spring Street Smokehouse in Los Angeles, on Spring Street in Chinatown. It's not Chinese but in Chinatown but very good surprisingly.