My name is Matt and I am in the AF and stationed outside St. Louis. 2 years ago I started smoking on an offset barrel smoker and began to wonder why I had not started smoking earlier! After a few modifications and additional temperature probes, I think we have the barrel smoker down to how we like it. My wife and I have smoked 10 briskets, 14 racks of baby back ribs, 4 Boston butts, 2 whole chickens and a turkey, all in 2 summers (and the turkey at Xmas this year). I prefer my charcoal offset barrel smoker; however, this winter I purchased a Masterbuilt 40" electric smoker to smoke thru the winter but I am still learning the ropes on the electric side. I enjoy the work that goes into smoking on my charcoal smoker and the reward at the end. I have used this website many times for ideas but I finally signed up for an account.