I started smoking meat a couple of years ago after spending time in Texas and not finding what I wanted back here in PA. I started experimenting with a smoker box in my gas grill which turned out pretty decent food. Not exactly what I know some of you were turning out, but it was good enough to keep me interested.
I moved up to a Weber Summit with the built in smoker box and once again the results were good, but the Summit really isn't set up for efficient smoking. I also got a 30+ year old 26 inch Weber kettle that my uncle found in the garage of a house he bought and used that for some smoking. All of this was helping my experience and keeping me happily in smoked meats.
I just bought a Smokin-it #2 and have it's first load going at the moment. I am trying beef ribs as an experiment. Just checked them after 4 hours and they are looking good. I think they will need another 2 hours at least before they are done. I know I might be cheating in some peoples minds going with an electric smoker, but give my schedule, it is what makes sense for me at the moment.
I've been enjoying the forums and thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge!