I'm Mike, and happy to be joining you from along the NC/SC border. Happy that I found this forum, and excited to be a member of your community. I look forward to learning and participating in the activities!
A bit about my 'Q history: I've been smoking meats fairly steadily for about ten years. I got started on the good ole' bullet and water smokers, and soon after scored a Klose Pits offset model. Loved it for many years, until one day it was gone...stolen! Frustrating but certainly a learning experience for me as far as backyard security. It won't be happening again (hopefully)!
Just recently I made the hike down to GA and picked up a new A-1 from Custom Pits and Fabrication. Apparently there models from several years back had some construction challenges from firebox size, volume of air to the firebox and draft/exhaust. They got those matters resolved and I discussed their new models and process at-length before buying. There new offerings are nice, and the A-1 Competition model I bought is well-made and a solid performer. She has a off-set firebox with a reverse flow pit. To boot, it features a propane burner for deep frying and seafood boils, plus a pretty large charcoal grill.
Given my location, I'm a big fan of hickory paired with a little oak and sometimes fruit tree woods. I enjoy all the standard 'Q offerings, plus my family is into low country dishes.
Looking forward to sharing a lot of experiences with y'all, and learning in the process!
All the best -