So it is 2:30am in Denver Colorado, with a cool breeze and some light, passing, rain showers. I just put on my 8 pound pork butt on a bed of hickory, walnut, pecan and oak. I massaged the shoulder with a nice rub recipe using all freshly ground spices from a local spice shop 24 hours before I put it on. In addition to this, I will be putting on some beans on the smoker at around 10am, and finishing up my corn on the grill and churning my homemade (custard-based) vanilla bean ice cream. I want to thank everyone for all of help and advice that I have read on these forums. This is only my second season of smoking and so far, I am really enjoying it. The information I have gathered here is invaluable. I am sorry, but I forgot to take some pictures before the butt went on, but I will post some up next time I open up the smoker. Speaking of my smoker, it is a vertical gas smoker from Lowe's. I have read about problems with these gas smokers not getting hot enough, but mine must have a good quality burner on it. If I wanted to, I could get it up past 325 degrees. It has two side vents and one on top. the temperature is usually pretty steady so the only thing I need to do is to add more wood chips every couple of hours. I couldn't be happier with it.