Shelly, you can get more meat in the smoker by hanging the meat vertically from the racks. If you had a strip of jerky 5 inches long laying on a rack, you could hang 4-5 strips of jerky (depending on spacing) in the same space.
I was just teasing. I am definately no expert! I experiment every time I make something and love it. I'm to much of a rebel to follow a recipe exactly - it just isn't in me! I figure a recipe is the guide not rule.
The hanging sausage thing is what has kept me fromcomitting to buying a new smoker for the last month or so ... verical for hanging sausages or horizontal for everything else. I think I'm going horizontal just for ease of use.