I bought an el cheapo gas smoker from Wally World when I saw it on sale for $100: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Out...0000003260350&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=12429510 Bought on a whim because I like cooking, hanging around, drinking beer, and most importantly eating good food. I figured I could always upgrade to a better model smoker if i really get into things. Stumbled across this forum when doing some research, and it was invaluable for my first smoke. Thanks for all the great info around here, though I did run into some issues on my first smoke: 3 pork butts and a rack of spare ribs. Everything tasted amazing at the end, but I could definitely use some advice on a few things. I am going to make a new thread (with pics if I can figure out how to post) in the main forum with my specific questions, set up, etc. Thanks guys!