Hi. My name is Jodi and I live in central Illinois. I am new to smoking but not to eating smoked foods! I just asked about converting a little chief smoker to charcoal. I had bought salmon and planned to do a light smoke before canning it all and then found my smoker was not working. I have canned meats and veggies and of course fruits for close to 40 years. I think smoking meats will round out my cooking regimen. Seems like the only thing left would be a turkey fryer and I don't want to go there I look forwards to learning. Oh, I have an Excalibur dehydrator that I use often too. I make lots of jerky from whole eye of rounds that way. I wondered if smoking would add something there too.