My name is Ross Cravens and I am new to the forum. I am a proud Texas Aggie and I am originally from San Antonio, I am now located outside of Denver. I have done some smoking before on borrowed horizontal smokers with some success and I am normally very successful on a grill. I am pretty good around the kitchen and primarily do all the cooking around our house. I would like to get into smoking a little more and I just bought a vertical smoker with an offset firebox. It is a Dyna-Glo smoker. I bought it yesterday on Amazon and it should be delivered tomorrow. Since I don't have a clue where to get any good wood around here, I bought three 5 pound bags of wood chunks to get me started. I got Hickory, Mesquite, and Pecan to get me started. I have also bought Jeff's Rub and Sauce recipes. My new smoker should be on my door step when I get home from work tomorrow so I am going to get it put together and get a fire going in the box to get an initial cure in her and be able to play with temp control before I put any meat on it. I will probably take off a little early on Friday and throw some chicken and maybe a smaller cut of pork on it, of course trying out Jeff's rub with them. The first full day I can get at the house (when football, soccer, and other family functions slow down) I want to stack it with a couple of racks of ribs, pork butt, a full chicken, and some sausage and heads of cabbage on top for the last hour or so. I thought I was going to get to do it on Saturday but I was informed last night that I have a busy Saturday in front of me . I added a pic of my smoker, I hope it comes through! I look forward to being a part of y'all's forum and learning from all the master smokers on here! If there are any steps I should take with a new smoker other than what I described above, please let me know!