Greetings from VA! My name is David and I have a new obsession. I've spent a lot of time reading and researching on the internet (how I found this forum) and now that it's getting nice out I'm ready to get to business. I got a 18.5" WSM for Christmas and have been waiting patiently through the cold and snow to fire it up. So far I've done some "breaking in." High heat charcoal only and two fatty meat/bacon smokes to start a seal. I've also done 2 quick high temp chicken cooks. First one was two chicken halves that turned out pretty good. My wife and I liked the leg and thigh the most, the breast was a little dry. The second time was legs and thighs for about 8 people. Turned out pretty darn tasty! I also did some stuffed jalapenos (ABT's) as sides both times. They were a hit! Next I want to try a brisket or pork butt. I'm excited and a little intimidated I'll have to admit.