Hello all, and thanks for what I suspect will be a great resource and a fun place to interact.
Precise1 because I was called that for being a precision machinist and it is used at any forums I frequent (which is only a few). I have a lot of hobbies and usually try to do more than I realistically can, but one thing I will never get away from is cooking!! I like to cook and I love good food, so here I am. Not saying I can make anything (I don't bake, yet...) but I'll make anything from sushi to stew to curry to smoked salmon well. Northern California makes for a diverse palate...
I bought a Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker for $150 last Black Friday (the one that seems to have some quality/durability issues) and it has probably paid for it's self already. I had never experimented with smoking other than a smolder box in the gas grill before then, but I have since hot smoked bacon, salmon, trout, beef ribs, cheese, butter, pork tenderloin, chicken, etc. You get the idea... I share with friends/neighbors/coworkers when I get a recipe worked out and get requests for my salmon and chicken, even from the local butcher... :)
The next step I am considering is buying the Smoke Daddy Big Kahuna to plumb into my existing Masterbuilt for cold smoking/hot smoking augmentation and when the Masterbuilt fails (if it is not easily fixed) I'll have a dedicated cold smoker and buy another hot smoker.
I still have a lot to learn and have been having a lot of fun (and darn good food) along the way. I'm looking forward to reading up and picking your brain. Figuratively, not for the smoker... ;)