My name is Eric and I've been smoking now and then for about 4 years. I've been smoking on my 4 burner gas grill, which does work to a degree, but have wanted a smoker since my first batch of ribs turned out pretty tasty. I thought if they tasted this good on a grill how much better would they be on a smoker. Unfortunately I'm one of those guys who would rather build something or fix something myself rather than buy something or pay someone else to do it.(I think its somewhat of a sickness). I've been lurking on this site for about a month and decided to join after seeing how much info is here and how great the people are and willing to answer any questions and help with anything. I don't have a lot of money to invest in a smoker and considering what i'll be doing with it I've settled on building a big baby. Hopefully it turns out ok. I'm going to start a build thread to get some help with questions that I have. I served 7 years in the Air Force, weapons troop. Worked on the gun system on the AC-130h for 4 years (best plane ever!) and worked on the F-16 for the remaining 3. I enjoy camping, hunting and fishing. And of course cooking!!!