Steve from the Metro Detroit are of Michigan here! Just used my NEW KLOSE Smoker today for the first time. It's only 20 degrees out today, but I was smoking. Just starting in the smoking game. I can use any and all advise. I own a hobby store http://www.commonwealth.net please check it out. I also have a "day" job as an electronic tech. I have been all over the country and so far TEXAS BBQ Rules ! Lockhart Texas is where I wish I could live, they have the best BBQ ever.