I'm a beginner when it comes to smoking. I started with a Kenmore smoker that had to be replaced due to a leaking regulator. For some reason, there was no replacement part to be found by Sears. I now have a Smoke Hollow #6. Using it for the first time this weekend. Before the Kenmore quit, I was able to get a few things fixed - cornish hens, chickens, country style ribs, brats. Being here in NC, my ultimate goal is to make my own barbecue.