Hiya Jonty, Welcome to the forum.
There are some fantastic people on here with some great experience. I am also from the UK and am one of the Group Leads for the UK Smokers along with Smokin Monkey, Wade and KC5TPY (Danny to us). who have already introduced themselves
As smoking has gained popularity in the UK we have been given our own group, "UK Smokers". We still come under the watchful eye of the main forum and have plenty of support from our american cousins, but somethings are different in the UK and that's where the UK forum comes into it's own. The UK Smokers is rapidly growing with members from up and down the country with a wealth of experience in all areas.
We have an annual Smoking Weekend which is held in the summer ( sorry you have just missed it this year) and we are currently trying to arrange a date for next year. It is held on a camp site near Lincoln so it is easy for everyone from the north & south to attend. Most of the active members attend, and cook a dish, have a chat, exchange ideas, pick up tips from other members, grab a few beers and have a great weekend. You are more than welcome to join us next year.
We have members from both sides of the pond so it you post a question in the UK Forum, there is a good chance it will get answered from both the UK and the US.
If you click on the following link http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/38/uk-smokers this will take you to the UK section of the forum where you will find a group of like minded individuals in the UK who are into smoking.
If you click on this link it will take you to the roll call where you can introduce yourself:
I look forward to seeing you there, and feel free to post on the UK forum.