I'm from California. Pretty new to smoking, started out using a friend's Masterbuilt electric smoker. Last year I received the Traeger Lil' Tex Elite as a Christmas Bonus, I have spent the last year trying to get the hang of the change. The electric smoker was basically fool proof, or so I learned. When I switched to the Traeger pellet smoker I found the transition somewhat difficult. I have done some great ribs, fish, chicken but I cannot seem to master the pork shoulder I used to be able to make. One came out dry, one didn't shred right, one was real salty (all my fault, well done on the rub, dumb dumb), I was looking for some tips and tricks from other people that have Traegers. I look forward to learning lots and hopefully contributing what little knowledge I have on the subject.