First off, I am here to learn and have next to nothing as far as advice or tips. Actually I have been smoking ribs for the last 6-8 years on a very small Brinkmann with varying results. A few weeks ago I attended a local "ribfest" with traveling vendors and a few locals outfits. I tried samplers at each of them and came to the conclusion that the locals offered far better ribs. The circut vendors with their numerous trophys and "award winning" banners were at best on par with my own lesser efforts. So instead of asking advice on how to smoke ribs, I was wondering if anyone out there has any opinions on if my observations have any merit or if I just cant tell a good rib from a mediocre rib. By the way, my old small Brinkmann went ashes to ashes dust to dust last week and I bought a Brinkmann Gourmet (budget woes) yesterday. So any ideas on if it needs to be seasoned or advice on making a lower end smoker more effective?