Hello all - I am happy to have found your forum and look forward to using it often. I have been cooking outdoors and grilling for decades, but am not very knowledgable about smoking, per se. I owned a huge, pricey, Klose brand stick burner for 10 years, and never got the hang of it. Eventually, I got rid of it, and I have not had any real smoking cookers since. That is, until this past December when I got a ceramic kamado as a super surprise gift. I have been really pleased with it, so far. I suppose that's about it for a first time intro. I will now go do some reading. See ya'll around the forum! .