Hi all - fellow Smoker from Bakersfield, CA here. Have been viewing the forums for a better part of a year as a guest, as I have starting to refine my basic skills, so a belated thank you for the help!
A little background - I started off watching my dad smoke using his New Braunfels offset as a kid. I got into smoking on my own about two years ago with a Brinkmann bullet electric smoker, then a Brinkmann vertical charcoal, then a Royal Oak electric (quite a solid smoker for an electric) and most recently I took the plunge and got a great deal on an offset that was custom made for the guy I bought it off of - a picture is below.
I am really looking forward to expanding my knowledge and sharing my smoking experiences as well. And if anyone knows where I can get some seasoned hickory splits out my way, let me know!