Hello My name is Jim and I leave in WNY on Lake Erie. To jog your memory last towns south of Buffalo,NY got 8 ft of snow a year ago in November. I live right in the middle of that pile of Snow. Not to mention that February 2015 we were the coldest place on earth that month average temperatur 11 degrees and of course 5 foot of snow in Feb. The snow total last winter according to my weather station was just over 20 ft. I do a lot of smoking in winter (except february's) with what I wood call a primitive set ups and food comes out great. I just bought a Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker. I am waiting for it on a slow boat from china.