Hi All! Just wanted to let you all know that I appreciate all your shared experience. Got a Brinkman Vertical smoker for Christmas. Soon after I found SMF and then fired that puppy up for the first time in January (was warm - 35 degrees). Ok, I learned the hard way about outside temps, wind, etc. Tasted pretty darn good (turkey breast) - but had to finish 'er off in the oven. Since then I have smoked up some ribs, more turkey breast and pork. But today - I have it loaded with (2) boneless turkey breasts (brined in apple juice, pineapple juice, salt, etc), a meatloaf, and a Fatty!! I may be the first one in Wisconsin who has ever smoked a Fatty. Rolled it in some crushed red pepper flakes for a little spice. I had bought a conversion kit (to electric) from Cabelas early summer, and it holds everything nice at 225-250. With some hickory & apple chips, liquid of apple and pineapple juice, and spritzer liquid of apple, pineapple juice and a wee bit 'o whiskey - should be great!!! And who will I be enjoying it with - but the girlfriend, and the waitress at our favorite restaurant who is bringing her friend - so it's me and 3 women, some great smoked grub, and some adult beverages!! Thanks guys - for all your knowledge!!