Neat Forum! I have just jumped in to / invested-in the smoked meat adventure, and this looks to be a great resource. I have tried to do a little homework to get myself set-up. The NB Hondo was about the best in my low price range so I picked one up last weekend, and made a few mods based on my internet research...added a baffle at the hole to the firebox, mounted the thermo near the grill, made a charcoal basket, & lowered the chimney to grill level. I have a Maverick ET-73 thermo on it's way in the mail and have given the Hondo it's 1st "burn" with the entire interior coated with veg oil, about 5 hours. I am hoping to try it out with a brisket this weekend, we'll see how it goes. I have just signed up for the eCourse, so Im sure that will be a great resource. Thanks to all of you who take the time to add posts which are sure to really help the newbies like me.