Thanks for the warm welcome!Thanks everyone---appreciate the hospitality!
I'm looking forward to lots of interesting techniques and advice. First thing I printed was the list of all the different woods that can be used for smoking. I really like to do everything "from scratch" including using trees on the property for smoking.
I live in the northern central area of the UP, near Lake Superior and in Hiawatha National Forest. The closest city is Marquette--about 45 minutes away. We have a small town nearby--Munising--and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is close also. The area is beautiful and wild and perfect to enjoy outdoor pursuits year-round....thus my preoccupation with outdoor cooking/BBQ/smoking.
The smoker is a homemade job that looks like an outhouse and was almost a chicken coop. When I smoke it's usually for guests at the camp and I do big batches--so I needed a bigger smoker than I could afford to buy. It ain't much to look at, but it works like a charm.