You can call me Ray, I have been called much worse. I currently reside in the Midwest, the Badger state to be exact. A couple of my buddies have recently purchases smokers so I could not be left out. I have never knowingly eaten anything smoked but I figured I would try it out and commit to an electric smoker. After a trip to Cabellas for a 30" smoker, my wife started complaining that we did not need an additional cooking device...Until she tried the 1st batch of ribs that I made. We are both hooked and have made them multiple times since. We are looking forward to many more things, maybe a pork shoulder next... I am also looking forward to reading about the experiments and outcomes as well and any tips that are posted. I have ordered a couple books but there is no substitute for real people's opinions. Thanks in advance for all of the great ideas, recipes, and tips that you all have been and continue to post as well as answering any questions that I might have..