Smoking meat is quite the art wayyyyy different then a regular gas grill.
Spent a lot of money learning to do this so I figured I'd become part of a forum to learn faster and save money because I spent quite a bit trying to do it myself.
Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a hot day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about everything.
There are people here who swear on anything from 225f to 300f and they all work. I think I'd shoot for 240 to start with. I think a lot has to do with where your smoker is comfortable (Mine likes 260 to 280. Usually.) You'll find your sweet spot after a few cooks.
Apple is great for almost anything!
Welcome CG. No problems with CAN here. Heck, Windsor, ON is practically a suburb (due south) of Detroit. ;-)
As a long time smoker not fond of "anti-social media," I recently became a Newbie here because this forum is a definite exception to the rule. SM nailed it saying this is "Just a bunch of folks who love to cook and talk about it."
(BTW, SM was also spot on regarding the Junkies —not mention The Hip —a GREAT band [IMHO] on either side of the border.)