Hi everyone. I'm a 43 year old married father of three teenagers and I've decided to get into smoking. I homebrew my own beer as well (in fact, my grains are mashing right now) so smoking meats is a nice complement to the brewday. I've read your terms and agreed to them but if it weren't for the common sense comment, I'd wonder at the 'American bashing' that isn't allowed. I'd expect that bashing anyone's country would be frowned on but I can only assume that rule was inserted to address a common problem. In any event I have a fair bit of common sense so I'm sure I'll have no problem playing nice with my American friends. I picked up an electric smoker for $20 at a yard sale and other than a few repairs it's ready to go. I threw some ribs on it last night on a spur of the moment and while they turned out good, my wife and kids thought the mesquite was a bit much. I'm a newb so I have a bit to learn to get things right. This looks like a good resource for that. I live in the country so I can see this hobby really taking off. I have a large metal container that was once used for bulk smoking so if I gain any skills I'll be set to turn that behemoth into a very nice stationary unit. My wife tells me I tend to really go overboard when I adopt a new interest, so I imagine you'll be seeing a lot of me. For now, I'll have to read and study as much of your old threads as I can. See you around the forums.