Well, as the topic states, I'm brand new to this game (though I've been a long-time fan of smoked foods!) living in Norman, OK. I'm a grad student at the University of Oklahoma, studying cognitive psychology. Outside of that, I'm a trumpet player in the Oklahoma National Guard Band, and have been to all but four OU football games in the last four years (with three of those I missed being from 2006, as freshmen in the marching band couldn't go to those three games).
I currently don't have an actual smoker, just the parts to begin building it. As I said in the Other Builds forum, I'm working on a ceramic flower pot smoker, modeled after a few designs I've seen floating around the 'net, and an intake/exhaust system I modified from an Ugly Drum design. Here's a picture of the plan, and the currently-cobbled parts.
And I've currently got both 12" and a 9" steel grates (for 21" of cooking surface) and a granite colander for the charcoal pit on the way from Amazon, and the only things left on the "to buy" list are some sort of high temperature cement compound, a gasket to sit between the pots, and a pit thermometer.
Anyway, so that's me and where I'm at right now, I'm totally open to any suggestions, comments, advice on smoking meat and properly using a smoker like this. So hello, and hopefully I'll pick up so great smoking information along the way here.