I have been an avid charcoaler for 25 years but never owned a smoker. I have had my eye on a Kingfisher Kooker for about 20 years and finally got one yesterday. It is a 36 inch combo (charcoal/smoker) and I can hardly wait to fire that baby up this weekend. My neighbor does a lot of smoking and he told me to go to the butcher and get several pounds of fat to burn in the smoker to coat the walls. Anyone use that method? I signed up for the five day course. Hope to learn the basics there and also from everyone on the forum.