Hi everybody, I live and grew up in the Kalamazoo/Portage area of Michigan. Allow me to tell you a little bit of my pertinent history... we had a kettle grill when I was a kid, and I loved to grill stuff on it, but eventually its leg mounts gave out and we got rid of it. We replaced it with a propane grill, and then another, and now a third one that has been converted to natural gas. They're convenient, but they're just not the same. I visited a friend early this year, and he and his dad made ribs. They did them in the oven, but finished them on a kettle grill with charcoal. I bit into a rib and tasted that wonderful, smoky flavor that I had been missing for so many years. After I gorged myself on the ribs, I decided I needed to step up my game, and I finally found myself a 22.5" Weber kettle grill on Craigslist about a month ago. I "smoked" some chicken breasts on it with indirect heat and a few chunks of hickory, and they came out absolutely delicious: tender and smoky. I've also grilled burgers, brats, and the other usual stuff on it, but I haven't tried any real barbeque yet. I need to get or make a rib rack and maybe a good thermometer before I try a real low and slow.
The main reason I joined here is my friend and I want to make a smoker out of the 275-gallon home heating oil tank he has in his basement. I've already gotten alot of good ideas from the forums, but we'll probably need to start asking some questions soon.