Hi folks. I'm from just south of Rochester, NY ( about 400 miles from New York City, in case you know know much about NY ) and have always been a griller, but recently went to a party where the side yard was filled with smokers, from ones the size of a 5 gallon bucket, to a couple the size of a landscape trailer. Each owner there, was trying to out cook the others and it was great. I ate so much that I had trouble climbing in the Jeep to go home. So, I want to try this. Life is slowing down a little, the kids all moved out, and I have a little more time. I just got a good deal on a starter smoker, a Brinkman electric, and am having typical beginners' luck with it; some smokes turn out good, some ....eh, not quite. But, I'm learning. My next step is building a UDS and trying my hand at real smoking. I'll be asking questions, so hang on! JBP .