Hi from Nebraska! Started out smoking about a year ago with a used off set heating oil tank smoker that I purchased locally. About 6 months ago I purchased a Masterbuilt electric smoker on sale and love using it. Then this month my 17 year old son decided to do some remaning on the offset smoker and we entered 2 smoke offs with it. He has really gotten into the contests and we have had lots of fun spending the time together. Over the next year we are planning on building a smoker from a 250 to 500 gal tank.