Just a friendly hello and introduction. My name's Mike and I'm a 30something merchant marine who works in the USA and lives in Thailand. About a year ago I got real interested in barbequing so I started my research online, just checking around. I built a little 10 gallon homebuilt smoker but only used it twice, partly because it was too much work to make just one or two racks of ribs. I also burned myself a little as a result of poor design. Now I have a muuuuch larger brick propane smoker. I'll put the details in the propane cooker thread later. Anyways I now have 6 cooks under my belt and it's getting a little better every time. Hopefully I'll get good enough to make smoked ale someday.