UT Vol fan (I know, but were trying to get better) living in Knoxville, TN. Finally made the big plunge into smoking after toying with it on my gas grill for a long time. After a lot of research on SMF I went with a Masterbuilt Pro XL for the versatility, especially at higher temps, over a MES. I've had it for a week, followed the mods on this site, and smoked my first BB ribs following an example in a thread. They turned out really good. Not great, but I learned a lot to make things better next time. I will try to post pics of some of my successes and mods in the future.
Thanks for a great site.