So far, I'm on my second smoker. the first one I had was a "Torpeto Style" Brinkman. Didn't really like that one much and nothing I tried to cook on it turned out to my expectations. I have since moved up to a Char-Griller Smokin Pro with the Side Fire Box. I got it at Lowes as a Birthday gift last year and my wife already calls it "The Mistress". I'm constantly trying to perfect my Smoking Tech. I have already got quite a few mod ideas from posts on this site. As far as my experience level, I guess you could say, I'm in between the "just learnig" and the "pro" catagory. Just a bit closer to the "just learning" on the educated scale. I'm from Kansas City, Missouri, AKA the BBQ Mecca of the world, KC Style is the best! I know that will get a few comments as this Thread ages! LOL. I signed up to this to get some pointers from you Pros out there. I hope to get to a point where I may meet some of you in person at a BBQ Competition or maybe the American Royal BBQ here in KC. Maybe even join you on the award stage!