Retired 5 yrs ago and was given a Brinkman for my years of service (big spenders!). It's been collecting dust ever since. Came across the forum, got the 5 day course and downloaded the PDF. The course is great plus it's presented in a way that encourged me to give it a try. So far I've added a temp gauge (from a char broil that's on it's way to the dump) and I fabricated a variable vent in the hood. Next I'll scrounge a coal rack to raise the coals a bit and purchase a one probe thermometer. Then the Brinkman should be good to go. My mouth is watering from today's Country style Ribs email plus I've got some turkey theigh's ready to brine - can't wait! Thanks for the info and inspiration!