For anyone looking for a good general guide to smokers and smoking techniques, I highly recommend this book...beginners and experienced alike. This is a real commom sense and "non-judgmental" book that takes an "if it works for you then go ahead and use it" approach to smoking unlike some of the "purist" books out there. This book can help guide anyone to the right euipment and the right techniques to help them turn out an excellent product. Some great recipes are included for Sauces, Rubs and lots of smoked meats, etc. I'm not associated with them in any way, but really liked the book and some of the techniques covered by it. Ray Lampe is well known on the Championship Circuit and also has a website www.drbbq.com that has some good recipes and stuff on it.