I'm still a real noob to hot smoking, but damn if I don't want to start smoking some sausage too. (insert joke here ) I'm planning on buying the 5 lb LEM sausage stuffer. Costs about $130 and has metal gears. The only downside I can see is the stuffing tubes are plastic. Does anyone have a LEM unit, and do you like it? http://www.sausagemaker.com/71200gre...ytekkutas.aspx Gonna get that book, too. I have a lot of Tenderquick at home, so I guess I'll need some casing too. Can someone suggest an 'easy' sausage to start with? And what kind of casing should I order (I'm thinking about snack sticks for my first run).