I decided to do a chicken this weekend for my turkey test run. This is the first time Ive smoked anything. I am extremely pleased with the turnout. I used an apple cider/salt water brine and let it soak overnight. I want to use apple for my smoke on Thanksgiving, but I used alder for my first run. I smoked a 5 lb free ranger fryer. Started the fire at about 10am, had the bird on at about 11am. Pulled the bird off at 4pm. It turned out better than I could have imagined. I shared my spoils with a couple friends and the family. Everyone was impressed. Only thing I was concerned about was the fact that it didnt seem to get as hot as I wanted it to. Need to work on the technique a bit. I used the Minion method for my heat. Here is a pic of the final product. Thanks again to everyone thats given their advice freely, I appreciate it.