Hello, I live in North Carolina and just got into smoking' - like a week ago. Know absolutely nothing about it except I enjoy eating the end product. I've bought several books and gathered several recipes from friends. I've tried a pork loin that turned out pretty good and am looking forward to trying a bunch more recipes. I bought a Masterbuilt 30" digital smoker and will soon get the stand to raise it up 16" - that ought to help the 'ol back. I plan on storing and using it on a wooded porch. I figured that with the 16" stand that it will set on heat shouldn't be a problem. Am I correct???? Also, I shouldn't need a mat underneath it to catch any drippings should I???