I hope that this is the right spot to introduce my self to everyone. I am 69 years old, live in Central California and have been grilling all of my life. As a kid, my family loved to "bar-b-que" and we used an old Weber Kettle drum pretty much from the time they were first introduced. I worked as a chef while in college and have always loved to entertain and feed people! I'm retired from the financial industry and owned my own company until I hung up the working world. A number of years ago I got really serious about "Q" and built an outdoor kitchen in my backyard. Currently I have a 42" Alfresco grill converted to natural gas and a Grand Hall smoker also converted. The smoker is a cabinet style that I got 6-7 years ago from Costco. It is a vertical water style smoker and I normally use hickory or mesquite wood chips. Both my grill and smoker work like champs! My #1 bucket list thing is to roast or smoke a hole pig!!