Well, I thought I'd say hello from central Illinois. I'm an avid bbq lover and have smoked food for quite a while now. I got my dad interested into it as well. I've also made a curing chamber but failed on the first go around. (making a small fix and will try batch #2) I made my own smoker several years ago and am about to embark on a pull behind RFsmoker. Thanks again to all who post--I really enjoy reading the threads.