Hello I'm new to this. Im in South Dakota and looking to get into smoking. I don't have any smoker yet, but I'm looking in to it. I found a lot of good information on your site. I would prefer to build my own smoker, thinking mes40 type. Or I may end buying one in the long run. I want to be able to do both hot and cold smokes. Looking at mostly smoking hams, bacons, beef sticks, and maybe some sausages. I got my wife convinced into buying one, but I need to work on a new lawn mower first. So looking at getting started right around beginning of the summer.