I have finally bought an electric smoker after the cheap charcoal one that I bought at a yard sale rusted out the bottom too much to be of any use, and I hope it lives up to my expectations. From reading the posts on here, I think it will! I am a total newbie when it comes to smoking, I never was able to get the temp to be just right with the charcoal smoker, either far too hot or way too cold. The electric thermostat on the new one should fix that problem. I have it running a "break-in" cycle now (I started to just go ahead and put in the ribs, but now that it's up to 125 degrees and I smell that horrible smoke coming out of it, I'm glad I didn't!) and after it finishes, I'll wipe it all down inside and get the meat on. There is such a wealth of information here that it'll take WEEKS to go through it all! How'd anyone ever learn this stuff before the internet? Anyway, now that I have a decent smoker, I'm sure I'll be bugging y'all with too many questions, but I sure do appreciate this forum being available!