Hi, I am a 'virgin smoker'. I just assembled my Meco 5030 electric smoker yesterday. I plan on smoking a chicken tomorrow. I'll brine the chicken tonite and start smoking it tomorrow morning. We invited a friend over for dinner (to be a guinea pig) to try out my first attempt at smoking - hopefully, we won't be eating out! After a successful chicken, I'm looking forward to smoking a brisket. Proud to be part of the 'que' group.