I'm 35, from Calgary Alberta, and enjoy hunting, fishing and cooking. A brief tour of the site has shown that there is a wealth of information here.
I received a Char Griller Pro from my neighbour last summer when he had to move to Houston for work but it has sat untouched in my backyard for several months. l realized I should learn how to use this thing which led me to this site and various youtube videos on how to improve the Char Griller. I have sealed around the firebox with high temp silicone, added baffles and a bag of lava rocks in the smoke box, dual thermometers and extended the exhaust pipe.
My first smoke was back ribs. I did't have a lot of time to cook them so I boiled them first for 30 minutes then put them on the smoker at 225 for 45 mins. They turned out pretty well. The flavour was good but the meatier parts were not very tender and needed more time.
I'm looking forward to learning about curing and smoking meats and other food and developing some serious smoking skills!