Hey, guys. I'm Jered. Originally from California, but living in Virginia because of the navy. Just wanted to get on here and say hi. For a few years, I had an electric smoker that produced smoked meat. I could never really call is barbeque. It didn't have the same flavor, texture, bark... of what I always had from barbeque. I rarely ever even used it because it was such a disappointment. When I moved in July, I put the smoker on the street corner in the neighborhood. Sure enough, about 5 minutes later, it was gone. My mother in law decided to get me a char griller duo with the side fire box for my birthday when we moved. I know it's not the best smoker (sub-par to some), but it has changed my life. I love smoking now. Maybe I just love to sit and tend the fire for hours. I don't know. All I know is, I can make some amazing meat. I look foreword to learning all I can from you guys. I've already learned some of my own tricks.