Hey y'all Well, I was going to hold out for another month or two (we're still in snow season here, unofficially) and buy one of them smoker/charcoal grilles at Home Depot that run in the neighborhood of $180, but I walked through the garden dept. at Wal Mart the other day on my way to purchase a few household items (I just relocated from Oregon and am still sorting through boxes) when I came across a display model Royal Oak charcoal grille. It's a big one, probably retailing in the $200 range, even at Walmart. The manager comes up and says, "twenty five bucks if you want it". "Um, twist my arm just a little harder please, and give me ten minutes to run home and get my pickup" I replied. I know there's a way to smoke with this thing. I just don't know how. Any advice would be appreciated. Having had my first taste of genuine pit BBQ in Tennessee, I'm big on hickory. Unfortunately for we folks out west here, that means picking up a bag of hickory chips at the store. Any other suggestions for wood will be taken well. Not a big fan of mesquite, though. I see these intro threads are well replied to, so don't be bashful! Fire away!