New to the Site. Great format! I'm a retired Firefighter hailing from Milwaukee, WI. Got hooked on smoking when I joined the fire department (get it?). I started smoking meat about 10 years ago after attending the American Royal as a spectator. My first smoker was a cheap offset. Then I progressed to an electric upright smoker. After that I built a UDS smoker which I really enjoyed. After going in a local competition I saw some of the people using a pellet smoker and thought I'd give it a try. I bought a Traeger and use it mainly for home cooking. I will stick with the ugly drum smoker for competitive cooking. Cooking with a smoker is very satisfying and compliments beer drinking during the summer. Favorite yet least experienced meat to smoke? Brisket. Best known for ribs. Hello to all and thanks TulsaJoe for starting this online community!