I just got a new Brinkman smoke n pit. I smoked a side of ribs (first time) last night and they actually turned out very well. They were moist and very tender. I'am looking forward to doing alot of cooking on the smoker. I'am a beginner so I'm sure I will ruin a lot of meat while trying to learn. I know that just because my first attempt was a success they all wont be! I live in the part of Oklahoma that has suffered through a large ice storm. A lot of trees were destroyed, and I had a large pear tree that lost 3 large limbs. Does anyone know if that wood would be good for smoking? I also have several hickory and oak trees on my 20 acres that has lost limbs so I should be set for wood for quite awhile.