Hi I'm Van Holton, 62 and live in central Fl. I've been using a Smokin Tex now for a few years with great success.Be for that I just used Weber grills both charcoal and gas using in direct heat to do my smoking. Pork has to be my favorite followed by beef, chicken and fish. Smoke at least once a week. My son has 2 teenagers that play football and can eat up a storm and love bbq. So I have a built in fan club.