I am 45 and have NEVER smoked a brisket chicken fish or pork anything. I have always loved using charcoal but the last 5 or more years I used propane out of shear laziness. I am from Dallas Texas and grew up in Farmers Branch (thats in North Dallas) Currently I reside in the northern section of Denton (almost the river- Red that is) The whole reason for me being on here is to get help with my FIRST SMOKE! Hopefully it does not turn into beef jerky and I will be back. If not, it was nice to visit.