I'm a newbie checking in from Omaha,NE. I just got a free Master Forge electric smoker from a friend and I can't wait to use it. I know it's a cheap smoker but hopefully it will get the job done and can help me get my feet wet as I save up towards something nicer. I'm planning my first smoke this Friday and Saturday. I'm going to start off with something cheaper like chicken hindquarters or thighs on Friday and then try a pork shoulder/butt on Saturday. I bought the Maverick et-733 thermometer so that should help me keep all temperatures where they should be. Friday can't get here soon enough.