I live in northern Mn and have been grilling on a Weber for many years. Started smoking on the Weber the last few years and had some success stories and some just ok stories. Wife got me a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (20070910 - Masterbuilt Digital Smokehouse) and am just getting ready to use it after a long, long winter. I seasoned it last week but have many questions. 1. How do you deal with rain with an electric smoker if you do not have a canopy to cover it other than a garage. Is it safe to use in an open garage? 2. What would you suggest for a good first meat selection. I was thinking of a beef roast or whole chicken but also considering ribs. Looking for suggestions. 3. Do you add the wood chips just once and let it go or do you need to add them later on in the smoking process? 4. Any easy keys to success to using this style of smoker? I'm sure i will have more once I get going but thanks for considering these initial questions.