My name is Dan and I live El Dorado, Kansas. I have been smoking meats for several years now, but it has not been anything special. It has not been bad, but nothing over the top. I am ready to take it over the top and have decided to join this forum to help me achieve that goal. Currently, I have a horizontal barrel shaped smoker that I purchased at the big box store years ago. I fire it with wood, mostly apple and peach as I have friends that let me prune their trees, and charcoal. It has served me well over the years, but I want more. I picked up an old refridgerator for free the other day. I am not sure the manufacturer or date, but it is probably a 1940s model. I will be starting the build on it soon. I am thinking of adding a firebox on the side and adding an electric element to the bottom. I am anxious to explore the build section of this forum to get some tips and inspiration. I am hoping to find some good recipes for great marinades or rubs here as well. I want to make jerky, sausages, brautwurst, etc. Let's not for get smoked cheese. I love to cook outdoors and it is time to step up my game. Besides my smokers, my backyard contains a gas grill, 36" flat griddle, deep fryer, 40" tv with bluray player and surround sound, and an above ground pool. I have to find a replacement for my kegerator(old one died at the end of last summer) and a fireplace with pizza oven and a hammock rig is in the plans for this summer. As you can see, I try to live in my backyard as much as possible. Currently, the backyard is in a makeover phase so it is in complete chaos at the moment. I look forward to seeing what others are doing!