Hi, my name is Larry and I am live near Dubuque, IA. I have experimented with trying to smoke several things in the past. I have used a gas grill(ok results), charcoal grill/smoker(terrible results). My main problem is I live in a VERY windy location and and I couldn't maintain a constant temp when smoking, except when I did it inside the garage, not a good idea. I have just bought an electric smoker and hopefully this will help the problem with having a flammable heat source. We will see today when my new smoker is delivered!