My dad (the yard sale king) calls me up on Saturday and says, "you want a smoker for $20?" I figured I couldn't go wrong so he grabbed it and I picked it up yesterday when we went to my folks' for Easter dinner yesterday. It's in good shape, doesn't even really look like it was used very much. There's some surface rust on the inside of the lid that I'm going to wire wheel and coat with vegetable oil, but that's it. It looks like everything is there starting with the bottom pan with the lava rock and electric element, the body with the water pan and grill, and the lid. I've never smoked anything before or used one of these things, but I'm really eager to try. We burn wood to heat our house and I came into some apple wood that I put aside which I just need to chop up. I also have a digital probe thermometer-anything else I'm missing? Anyway, my wife and I like just about every kind of BBQ there is (beef brisket, any kind of pork, ribs, chicken, venison etc...) so I'm just looking for suggestions on how to get started. This weekend is supposed to be really nice so I'd like to get it up and running on Saturday. Anyone care to share some recipes/techniques?