Ok guys, just signed up and got my confirmation email. I am new to smoking but eager to learn. I am a Navy veteran from NJ who's real passion is fishing. I have a wife and a baby girl, so that has hindered the amount of time I spend on the water lately, but wouldn't change a thing and am really enjoying being a father!! That said... I have wanted to get into smoking for a few years now. Being confined to an apartment, it really wasn't an option. So, being new to the married life and being a dad, I am also officially now a home owner. So we are out on the water the other day striper fishing and only coming up with blues. After releasing my umpteenth blue, my buddy says, "too bad we don't have access to a smoker, I hear smoked bluefish is incredible" (which I still can't see cause bluefish are nasty). So I figured, ya know what... let me be the guy with the smoker. Hell I've waited long enough, and it is the season. So after getting back and cleaning the boat, I went and bought a Brinkman from the local Home Depot. I am sure it is bottom of the line when it comes to quality, but I figured ya gotta start some where and after putting $200 in gas in the boat, this would have to suffice. Anyway, I just signed up for the 5 day course and look forward to getting to know you guys and hopefully coming up with some pretty good food!