Hi My name is Mike. I have been reading this forum for a few years as a I got into smoking. Have really enjoyed learning from the posts and info on this site. I live in MA as my username implies. Bought a Brinkmann Electric a few years ago as a way to try smoking without spending major $. At the time there wasn't a ton of buzz about smoking meats in my area, but since then it has really picked up to the point where I regularly hear of people using backyard smokers. I like the electric for the ease of use and plan to run with it until it dies (my Brinkmann has held on longer than I thought it would) Mostly I smoke ribs and pork butt. Even do so in the cold NE winters by wrapping the smoker with a water heater blanket to keep it up to temp. Today I am trying beef short ribs, I posted about it in the beef forum.