Well I am a nebie to the Smoking Meat Forum, but I have been smoking meat for 20 years. I only have 1 commercial made smoker, the other one is homemade and it has been with me for 7 years. The others in the past have been donated to my 2 boys. The commercial smoker I got for free when a neighbor got rid of it. Anyhow, I do beef and pork in a real big way. I have problems with chicken, so I stay away from it. I make my own marinades and rubs. I got the basics down on them in my early years and tweak them. I live in the country outside of McLouth KS. This is the home of the annual Northeast Kansas State BBQ Championship held every year in June. Regular competitiors there include several champions from the Kansas City American Royal BBQ. I am a disabled Deputy Sheriff just looking for a job right now. I will be entering my first competiton this year, the afore mentioned one. I will attach some photos of my equipment if I can figure out how to make them smaller. I have another project in the works. I am turning 2 horizontal file cabinets into 1 cabinet smoker. I saw somebody with one of these at a competition that made some great meat.