I finally took the plunge and joined. I've been checking out the site for the last few months gathering great tips and recipes. Since I'm up here in VT (NO, not part of NY or Canada) we are just getting into summer weather and I've been trying to smoke every weekend. I enjoy smoking whole chickens, kielbasa, and I'm just getting into ribs. Last weekend I looked around on the forum and found a great recipe for ribs and they came out great. I tried the 2-2-1 tip and I loved the way it worked, I'm going to stick with that from now on. I generally use cherry or apple wood, but just started using pecan and love it. I have a $60-$70 charcoal smoker my wife got me from Lowes a couple years ago and I think it works great. I would like something a little better but if I can make fall off the bone ribs with it I really cant justify spending the money. Anyway thanks for letting me be part of the forum and also thanks for all the great tips and recipes!