My wife loves to surprise me at Christmas by buying me something I did not include on my wish list. This year she set out to buy me a smoker and had decided to get me a Little Chief. Fortunately (for me) she wound up talking to a guy at Sportsman's Warehouse that changed her mind. Apparently she reached the salesman on the phone and started explaining exactly what she was looking for, having done the prerequisite searching on the internet. About a minute into her diatribe, he stopped her. "Little lady if you stop talking for a moment and listen to me I will set you straight", he interrupted. My wife immediately thought, ok I'll let this jerk talk but fat chance I am going to buy from him. However 5 minutes later she found herself saying, "So how much longer did you say you were open tonight?" So...rather than getting a small, electric, aluminum smoker for Christmas I am the proud owner of a 42" tall, 18' x 18" gas Camp Chef Smoke Vault that looks great next to my trusty old Weber and my stainless gas grill. My back deck is now a meat-lovers paradise. I have been cookin' meat for the last 20 years but this is the first devise I have owned dedicated solely for smoking. It didn't take long for me to find this site and spend a fair amount of time reading through the various posts. Thank you to everyone who participates and shares ideas. I look forward to doing the same. My 15 year old son and I marinated about 5 lbs. of beef roound top last night and have it in the smoker now. We will let everyone know how it comes out.