After being led here by Google dozens of times, I figured I might as well sign up! I'm originally from Chicago, but have been in Japan for about 15 years now.
I've had my ECB for about a year, and I mostly smoke pork shoulder and Coho salmon (cold and hot). I also do chicken, pork belly, bacon, meatloaf, and sausage on occasion. Next on my list are cheese and potstickers.
I'm a bit limited in terms of resources, including space. Fuel (charcoal briquettes, gas, electric, even wood) is quite expensive here, but lump charcoal is reasonably affordable at about $8 per 20-lb. bag. The easiest woods to find are oak and cherry. I can get hickory in chip form, but mesquite is completely unavailable.
I've recently started getting into modding my ECB even further than the usual mods. At the moment, I'm trying to get her to run on portable gas "cassettes" (butane canisters) and on a hotplate.
I'm looking forward to learning a lot here.