Hi all, I'm Gary and I live near Mineral Wells, Texas. I love to eat bbq but it's very expensive for very little meat, so I decided I'd better figure out how to do it. After some research on the net, I purchased an 18" WSM, dual remote thermometers, and a sack of Kingsford blue. Oh, yeah and a small brisket. Tomorrow, I'm going to try my first smoke. I've tried to do a lot of research, but it seems there are as many opinions on how-to as there are bbq'ers. So I'm just going to jump in, and probably ask what I did wrong later. 😄 To tell the truth, I've always been intimidated about bbq'ing...there are so many ways to go wrong, and so many bad (amateur) chefs out there. So many half raw hamburgers, crispy hot dogs, and overdone steaks. That sounds like an arena that I can contribute to! 😋 Smoking actually sounds easier than grilling...or maybe it's just that smoker people have heard of thermometers! This looks like a good forum, and I'm looking forward to participating...thanks!