Hello. My name is Ron. Several years ago, I owned a vertical smoker (New Braunfelds, I think), and I used it several times but then sold it to my neighbor when I realized I wasn't smoking much anymore. I had moderate success with it. A couple of years ago, my gas grill fell apart so I've been grill-less for 2 years. This spring, I decided to buy a Brinkman Grill 'n' Pit. My thinking was that this would let me grill dogs and burgers (with charcoal, much better tasting than gas), plus I can use it to smoke as well. I've grilled on it a few times and tomorrow I will be smoking a couple of racks of ribs. It's been a few years since I've smoked, but I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of it. This forum is a great place for information. I've been lurking here for a few weeks. We're looking forward to eating some ribs!!!