I have been reading these forums for a while now, but havent posted. I figured I would throw one up. A good friend of mine who works for Brinkman out of Dallas got me hooked on smoking about 2 years ago. He set me up with the ECB, and my waistline hasnt been the same since. I am looking at an upgrade at this point because I need to smoke at least once a month. During the winter months up here, the ECB wont cut it. Its just hard as hell to maintain the heat. I have been searching and searching and the best bang for my buck seems to be the Chargriller. I would prefer to to stick with Charcoal (as I think I may be cut off if I go otherwise by my TX buddies). Anyone have a better suggestion? Similar price tag? To this point I have fed a good portion of my family and anyone that has olfactory senses in about a 1 mile radius. Typically its a shoulder, on some occasions baby backs, chicken, etc. I really want to do a fatty and ABTs. Thats about it. The northerners are starting to creep into the smoking world... I now have a buddy of mine hooked. Great site by the way!