Hello all, I'm registering because I just got a new smoker today, and it's out back cooking me and my boyfriend a beer butt chicken right now. I'm from Texas, and started smoking last year because of how much I miss real good authentic TX BBQ now that I live here in Northern California. I started with a cheapo Charbroil vertical water smoker, but just today a friend gave me her New Braunfels Luckenbach model smoker. I hauled it home in my little car and fired it up, using the electric starter after I had no luck starting a fire without it in the wind. Eventually I'd like to be able to make my fire without relying on the starter. Anyone have any tips on that? Today, with the starter, I used some charcoal briquets with mesquite chips I throw on top every once in a while. Anyway I'm glad to find this forum, glad to be here, and glad to take any suggestions or advice any of you may have. I'm Holly, and my boyfriend Neil may also have questions from time to time. He's a yankee from Boston but I've made him a total convert to the slow-smoking way of BBQ. In fact, this new smoker was a surprise for his birthday. Boy is he happy with me right now!