New to smoking and the forums. I have spent hours reading here, great site and some of the nicest people I have found on any forum. I took Jeff's 5 day E-Course, I suggest this for all newbie or not. I have grilled on a Weber kettle for years with great success and thought it was time to step it up a notch. I'm using a MES for the learning curve. So far I smoked a 5# pork butt and pulled it for sandwiches, made a couple of fatties, and made Dutch's Baked Beans. I made SoFlaQuer's finishing sauce, Jeff's Rub, and Jeff's BBQ sauce. It all turned out good, but not enough smoke. I used Smoke House Hickory Chips made for electric smokers. It was more shredded than chips. I didn't use enough wood as I was trying to avoid creosote taste and was looking for the thin blue smoke. More practice needed here. Next up is a 4# corned Beef Brisket Flat. I will have some questions and will post them in the appropriate forum. I do have some pictures of my first smoke (Bake but haven't looked at them yet, I may post them later. Thanks for reading and I look forward to contributing to this forum. Vince. Somewhere between Seattle and Tacoma Washington.