Hey whats up everyone. I've been lurking for the last couple of weeks, and finally decided to introduce myself. I've been grilling for years, and just recently gotten into smoking. I went to the American Royal last year and loved it. Anyway I'm going to pick up a Brinkmann offset smoker sometime this week. Season it and give it a test. And try to figure it out before I take it out to tailgate on Oct 18th(I turn 21! and its homecoming). Anyways I'll let you guys know how it goes in a couple of weeks! Also, I'm pretty much set on the Brinkmann(Seems alot of people think its a good starter w/ mods). But should I look at a vertical smoker? I'm not going to use it that much, just mostly during football season, and maybe once every 2 weeks to a month.