Just joined up! Glad to see these boards are so popular. I live on a old farm in Virginia. I lived in both the city and the country over the years. I have the opportunity to rehab an old 8X12 smoakhouse next to the slave quarters that I live in. There are no pigs on the farm yet, only cattle(well there are two old gnarly ones). I have read a little bit about the overall smokehouse thing and I are ready to take the plunge and at least try to fix it up over the winter. If things go ok I will fire it up in December, hams or not. I have been to Ribegeddon( a little known celebration in SC) and also to Aporkalypse(which is now Aporkabeefalypse). The smokers I am familiar with are the personal capsule type smokers, but not too familiar. This is basically all new to me. The biggest smoker I have been around was a large half metal barrel tow behind. The best barbecue experience I ever seen was a pit pig roast, but I was too young to remember it well. I am a calm person. Hope that fits in well here. Thanks and I'll shake your hand if I see ya.