Just ordered a new Pit Barrel Cooker for out here in California. I live near the ocean so there are some environmental degradation issues that went into my decision to go with Pit Barrel. I used a Traeger for years at another location and liked the results but I felt the salt air would trouble the electronics and moving parts over time. I wanted to keep it simple, cost effective, and fun. My son and I LOVE ribs so that will be our first cook over the 4th of July weekend. I am really looking forward to making Jerky though. I have never done it so it should be fun. This is a great site and I look forward to learning from all of you. Thanks for you input.