My name is Dennis and I live in San Diego, CA and work in the aerospace industry (civilian). I have been interested in smoking for some time. I expect to start with pork ribs and chicken and move on from there. Right now I am considering buying the Weber 18" SM. I don't expect to cook for large groups and I like the smaller size, the reviews and the Weber name. It is also nicely priced at about $300. Most of the time I would be cooking for just me, my girlfriend and her two daughters (one of which doesn't like BBQ). Occasionally my son and his girlfriend will come up for a BBQ. I expect this grill will be big enough for my needs but I do welcome others' opinions. I have had regular propane grills but my next propane one will also be a Weber. My GF's backyard patio is a bit small so the smaller size of the Weber smoker is a plus there. I also want a smoker that uses charcoal. I do miss the smell (hell, ambiance) Also, if there is one book you would buy about smoking what would be your choice? I'm looking forward to reading some threads. Probably the questions I just asked have already been answered on here.