I have been on the forum a few times and decided to join. So much good information, help and a lot of great people. I have a unique situation in that I am an American and I live in the Philippines, but work some in the United States. I have grown up on smoked salmon as my grand parents caught many and smoked a lot. They always used the same simple brine, so I was amazed when I found there was so many different ways, chips and brines one could use to change the flavors. I will be living permanently in the Philippines in about six months and want to continue my smoking after I stay. Making a smoker is the easy part.. figuring out what woods to use for chips is a little harder.. Thank you for all your wonderful information and help and for allowing me to join this great group!