For starters, I'm completely new to smoking. I love to grill and want to make the transition over to smoking. My birthday is in December so my joint gift is going to be a smoker. I've been doing a lot of research on the different types of smokers and trying to find one I want. I decided to go to a forum to ask others opinions on what I should get to start out with. I don't want an expensive one, but I want to avoid cheap ones that turn out to be junk as well. If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. I currently live in Lenoir City, Tennessee. I currently teach 6th grade, which gives me plenty of time during summers and breaks off for smoking. I'm looking forward to getting into it and learning the craft!