Hello to all! My name is Tom Jakobic. Just joined yesterday, but have been looking for a few days now. I reside in Erie, Pa. and my livlyhood involves the manufacture of Locomotives. I am 53 yr's old Just finnished Jeffs 5 day e-coarse.(that was great)! Been reading with "great intrest" on the different methods to smoke..charcoal,wood chunks/chips, electric, gas/propane and then the different vessels themselves. WOW. Owned & operated a restaurant for 3 yr's but no smoking there. My 2 smokers....one that my Dad built in 1974! (had it stored, covered in the garage) for 25 years! I finally put in in service. This uses charcoal with wood chunks. It looks like a dog house on top of a whiskey barrel.. My other is a Luhr Jensen "Little Chief" also old as hell, to which I swapped out the element with a 800 watt hotplate for more heat. Winters here in Erie are Bbrrr cold. ..Sorry for the long intro, but anxious to learn from all!