I have been smokin' for almost 30 years first cutting my teeth in my teens in Oklahoma on a 10' long x 5' wide brick smoker built in the late 30s. After moving to the Chicagoland area almost 10 years ago, not having a backyard big enough for the smoker I would want and also not having access to the supply of hickory, I opted for a Cookshack and absolutly love it. I also have a Weber gas and a 22.5" Weber I bought 30 years ago. I look forward to checking the site out, sharing and learning, but the way I found the site was researching my new hobby of sausage making. My first batch was 20# of hot Italian, my second batch was 10# of summer sausage and yesterday I made my 3rd batch, 10# of Buffalo chicken sausage. I look forward to chatting with everyone! S.E.A.J.A.M.S.