Like the title says, I live in North Central Illinois. I've been smoking since Summer 2011. Started with an ECB but moved to a Masterbuilt electrice with remote. I love that smoker! All the flavor and I don't end up hacking that night. I can smoke in the middle of summer and the dead of winter without issues! Mostly I smoke pork and chicken. I've been making a lot of bacon lately. Buying the bellies, curing and smoking. It's fun and the taste is out of this world!