I'm from Massachusetts. There is my first strike. I'm new to meat smoking, but I smoke a pipe.... Strike two. But I'm still at bat. So I look forward to this forum, as I plan to do a lot of meat smoking this spring, summer and fall. My equipment? A charcoal box with a side box, much like the Smoke Hollow, but the chimney comes off the top cover. I use only Cowboy hardwood, not briquettes, and have a chimney starter. My goal...cook good stuff. Experiment a little and enjoy things. Maybe even get a hit.