HI! My name is Chuck and I live in Elgin, IL, which is about 35 miles northwest of Chicago on I-90. I've always had fun grilling, but am a new comer to smoking meats. It's been something I've wanted to get into, but just recently pulled the trigger and bought a Brinkmann 28" barrel smoker. I know, I know...but the price at The Home Depot was so low, that my wallet could not say "no." So here I am with this Brinkmann smoker, a few cookbooks, and a bunch of ideas in my head. I know the Brinkmann stuff is El Cheapo (both in price and construction), but I'm wondering where I might find some ideas on modifying this guy for better smoker performance? Ultimately, I want to smoke all kinds of things, especially ribs, brisket, and fish. Alrighty! I'm gonna spend some time perusing this sight and getting ideas. Thanks!