Hello, I am born and raised in Norfolk, Va. My family is from North Carolina and ever since I can remember they have been about back yard bbq. I now live in Providence RI. I have begun researching smokers to determine which one is the best for me. I am a beginner. I want to eventually get to the stage where I can compete in competitions. I know I am a long way away from that goal but I got nothing but time. Any information, advice or suggestions are welcome, so coach me up.