I live in southern Illinois about 20 min south of SIU Carbondale. i just got a Master forge vertical gas smoker. I smoked a pork butt this summer in a treager that was in the garage of a cottage we rented and got hooked. seeing as i cant afford to buy a treager right now and i acquired this gas job from a friend for free i am a little to excited. my wife has taken to calling me a dork and saying she is a little worried. until i smoked two pork butts this weekend in it for my sons birthday party and they turned out great. Beginners luck I'm sure. just from reading through the forums i have already learned a ton and hope it shows on my next smoke.