I live in SE Michigan, a ways north of Detroit, and I'm a complete noob. I've never smoked anything other than a cigar. I'm working on a UDS build so I can join in the fun. I'll post a thread in the UDS build section shortly with some pics. Any an all advice is welcome. I'm an IT guy so Google is one of my best friends. It lead me here after finding a wealth of information. I tend to geek out on a topic once it grabs my interest. I got two free 55 gal drums from my BIL. I've been intending on building a smoker for some time and this summer I'm finally getting around to it. Now I'm in neck deep and spent more than I planned but I'm anxious to learn and make some great BBQ.