I'm from Sheridan,In. and new to smoking. I've thought about getting a smoker for some time now. The company I work for started a new program were on your anniversary you get to choose a gift. I choose the Brinkmann smoke-n-grill that also came with a cover. I'm on my 3rd smoke today in 2 week and have already purchased the Maverick ET-732 from A-Maze-N products. The 1st smoke was some large chicken breast and the 2nd was 2 whole chickens. Both came out great and very juicey. Today I'm doing my 1st rack of spare ribs. Kingsford charcoal with some hickory chunks. I'm already hooked on smoking and reading all the posts on here I'm already thinking about upgrading to the WSM, love the Weber products. I just wish I would have gotten into smoking sooner! As I'm typing this I just looked at the Maverick remote and I'm up to 280 already after 30 minutes doing the minion method, need to learn to control the heat better or just the get WSM!