Ashton here. I live in Texas as a matter of fact I live in what is considered the BBQ capital of Texas. :lol: I have been grilling for a number of years, but love country ribs and brisket so I bought a New Braunfuls Black Diamond smoker. I have dreams and aspiration of a bigger unit ..you know size does matter!! :lol: But really this one is perfect for me. I like using mesquite, oak, cedar and pecan to smoke both because I like the flavor they give and because it is plentiful in my area. I reciently made my own cedar planks to smoke fish on. I tried catfish from a recient fishing trip. It was ok, not bad, just not impressive. The tillapia I did another time was much better. Guess catfish is just better fried. Looking forward to learning and sharing ideas with all here. Ashton.