Hello all! My name is Shane and I live in Iowa. I love cooking outdoors, usually over charcoal or open fire, but have dabbled in dutch ovens. My wife and I are going to be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary on the 19th and for a Father's Day/Anniversary gift, she got me an offset smoker. I've been wanting one for a long time, and she has blessed me with one! It's an Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn smoker. She brought it home to me today and we assembled it together. We are breaking it in with some charcoal at the moment, and after letting it burn for a bit I just tossed on a rack of ribs. May as well not waste charcoal. While waiting for dinner I thought I'd look around the net for some tips/tricks/info on smoking and cooking on it since smoking is totally new to me. I'm on several forums for saltwater reef aquariums, so a forum is the first place I started looking for info. I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can and eating well!