From Buffalo, NY, (so not exactly the smoking capital, but great for food). Started smoking about two years ago in a LP barrel type smoker that was given to me and was hooked. Used it a few times with no knowledge and mixed success but always learned something each time. After realizing I'd be doing a LOT more smoking, I jumped on here, read a ton, did a bunch of research and pulled the trigger on a new smoker today (MES 30 along with an AMNPS with an assortment of pellets). So, hopefully in a week or so, I'll be chowing on some smokey goodness!!