Greetings from VA! I've been lurking for a couple of months, but just registered today. I'll classify myself as a beginner, ready to make the move to the intermediate stage! I've smoked boston butts, pork shoulders, brisket, salmon, chicken, and sausage. Pulled/chopped pork is my favorite, with brisket a close second. I started smoking with the standard bullet water smoker - the $20-30 red one! I had some good success with that, but found it to be a little on the small side and too difficult and cumbersome to maintain the proper temp, mostly because of the difficulty with adding fuel. I didn't find the information about making mods until later! I still have it and will either make the mods, or possibly convert it to electric or propane. A couple of months ago I purchased a Char-broil Silver Smoker and a Brinkmann Square Vertical smoke box. I've used the Silver Smoker a couple of times. I allowed my neighbor to borrow the SS and Vertical smoker a couple of weekends ago, only to find that the SS is really too small for smoking ribs (rack holders don't really fit under the hood) and other meats - thus he had to also use the Vertical box. Personally, I've never used the Vertical box, but I think it will serve it's purpose for smoking smaller items. I like the racks and the ability to slide out the charcoal and water pans. Earlier this week I broke down and purchased the Char-griller Smokin' Pro. This will replace the Silver Smoker. It looks like it will give me a little more room, as the warming rack should give me extra room for some ribs, and/or smaller items. I also like the adjustable charcoal rack and the slide-out tray on the side box. I'll be testing out the Char-griller this weekend as I have 2 boston butts, 1 shoulder, 1 beef roast (london broil - I'm worried about this as I think it may be too lean for smoking, but I'll be watching it closely), 3 slabs of ribs (spare/baby back), several pounds of "country style" ribs, and anything else I can find to throw on (assuming it all fits!). I think it adds up to around 30-35 pounds of meat. That should last me through the weekend! I enjoy smoking, but find it can be a little time consuming. I figure it takes the same about of time and equipment to smoke a little or a lot, so might as well smoke as much as possible. I have extended family close by, so nothing goes to waste, and I've found that most of it does nicely in the freezer. Gotta get some use out of the Food Saver! That's about it for now!