Hello from the Georgia coast.
I've enjoyed outdoor cooking most of my life having grown up around my grandparents farm. I'm also an avid tweaker in anything I do which is what got me interested in smoking and cooking with wood. One thing I've learned in my few short years (44) is the only way to become skilled or successful at a craft is to nail the fundamentals. The approach that's always worked best for me is to find the people in the room with the most skill and experience, make freinds with them and learn from them. I think your site is the best place to do that and I appreciate the chance to be a part of it. In the past my wife and I were not home enough on the weekends to get into lengthy cooking so most of it was done on a gas grill. We now have 2yr old twins and are home a lot more. I think I'm going to start out with a Char-Griller and maybe build a smoker later. I manage a large shop that works on heavy equipment and we do a lot of welding/fabricating so I really would like to build my own at some point. Anyway. I apologize for being lengthy and I look forward to a lot of outdoor cooking/smoking with you guys. Thanks.