Born & raised in Wisconsin, I've lived in Alexandria, Louisiana since 1970. (Great people, excellent food, ...and NO snow shovels!) I've always enjoyed good BBQ! (BBQ required smoke, whereas grilling only means that something is cooked over fire.) For years, I've BBQ'd on Weber kettles, and for more serious ventures, a water smoker that looks like R2D2! A couple of months ago, I built a wooden "smoke house", which will allow me to get more smoke into whatever I want to try, at lower temperatures. With a 750 Watt hot-plate and a pan of dry wood chips, I can achieve a sustainable temperature of 200+ degrees F.