Hello experts of the Smoking Meat Forums. Ian C. here smoking from the melting pot known as Orlando, Fl. I have been reading on these forums for months now. I decided its time I join in the conversations and ask a few questions myself. My beautiful girlfriend bought me my first smoking apparatus for my 30th birthday 9/11. I have a dozen years of cooking and grilling in my past. I use to cheat and used my oven for my ribs. Decided I wanted to join the ranks of the big boys and learn how to Q for real the old fashion way. Here are some of my specs and questions. Oh and I have yet to use my pit as I wanted to finish most of my mods before I get it going. I'm hoping to start this weekend. I love cooking all kinds of Q. Want to learn how to do competition style meat. I BBQ with a spanish Island twist =) I am using a Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition- I have a list of modifications for it Completed Mods - I sealed the entire thing with Rutland high heat silicone. firebox, connection from pit to box, and chimney..everything - Sealed the pit and firebox lid with wool gaskets from bbqgaskets.com - Put the 200lb clamps on either side of the lid - Charcoal basket made from expanded metal 12x10x6 - Baffle at a 45 degree angle with tuning plates as well. 4-6'' plates..2-3'' plates Mod's to come- - Grate level thermometers-2- one on either side of handle - Chimney extension to grate height - Opening w/ stopper for thermometer probes - Stoker system First questions for the professionals. I am contemplating thermometers. Do I need to install grate height thermometers on the lid if I am going to utilize digital thermometers with grate probes? Everything I have thus far points me towards getting a Maverick ET 733 when they are released in October. If I plan on getting a stoker am I wasting money getting the really nice thermometer as well? What stokers do yall recommend? IQ 210? Am I better off just using the thermometers on the stoker? I have the ability to get some Maverick Et 73's older therms for 15$ a piece. So I figured I could use them in conjuncture with the stoker. Looking for some guidance on this subject. Thank you for the help so far. I purchased and performed all of the modifications based off of information read on these forums so far. Thank you, Ian C.