Looks like winter is finally clearing here in Upstate NY. I want to thank everyone here who helped and encouraged me last year. I had a few good smokes because of all the suggestions from this site. I want to upgrade to a Weber Smokey Mountain - seems like you all have great things to say about them. I love smoking food - it is a blast and you really feel like you have done something special taking all day to prepare a meal. I usually only smoke for my family, and maybe a buddy or two as I dont have the total confidence yet. My only issue is convincing the wife that I need the WSM, considering I still have the Electric Brinkman sitting in the garage. Not sure she will be all that understanding about needing another smoker (along with our gas and charcoal grill). Anyway - I bought the low & slow book and have been doing my reading over the winter along with the ecourse and the forums. I really cant wait for my first true charcoal smoke - just not sure when that might be . Any suggestions on the WSM? I am planning on going with the 22 over the 18 I think. Seems like everyone finds them pretty easy to use, so wish me luck on my latest proposal to the wife!