Hello, my name is Arnie. I live in Colville, which is roughly 75 miles north of Spokane. I've had a love of cooking and food since I was young. I have used a smoker box in my grills for many years but only recently bought an dedicated smoker. I came across this forum about the same time I got my new box and have been amazed at the wealth of information available here. So far, I've done a couple racks of ribs, a few chickens and of course loads of jerky. The ribs and chicken turned out SO much better than anything I've ever done on my grill. Now that I've done some of the easier things I'm excited and ready, with guidance from everyone here, to try other things. Today I will be starting my first attempt at Bacon. I'm not yet confident enough in my smoking skills, or my meat supply, for cold smoke so will be using a dry cure and hot smoke. I am always bad about taking pictures while I work but will try to post updates on that project as I go and would love to hear any tips or advice. I look forward to meeting all of you and being a part of this community.