Hello everyone, My name is Leo Lopez and I live in the Inland Empire in the State of California, not to far from the Riv Co/San Diego Co line. I spent 13 years as one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children turning wrenches on a Battle Phrog (CH-46E), now I work in....."Waste Management" ....lovin' every minute of it. I have been smoking meats on my Char-Griller modified grill with side firebox for approximately four years, searching for mods on the internet has led me to this forum. I finally purchased a WSM 22.5 a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to use it. I've been surfing through the posts and have enjoyed all of the stories and information being shared. About for months ago, A friend and I entered a local rib competition believing we would knock it out of the park. Sadly, upon arrival to the site we realized we where just chum in the water for the sharks. We had a good time and learned a lot, which lead us to hunker down, begin to perfect the art, and give it another shot in a year or so. Glad to have joined this forum and hoping to learn from you all. Semper Fidelis.