Hello everyone, The name is Chris. I am 28 (as of today) and I am from Fredericksburg, VA. I have been smoking for about two years. Bought my first smoker at Wal*Mart for about 60 bucks. It wasn't much and for what I was doing it was pretty good. I am about to upgrade to the Brinkmann 57 in Vertical Trailmaster Smoker. Saw someone post a thread here about what he did to make it a pretty nice machine. I know what you are thinking, noobie with a big box store smoker and spending only a couple hundred bucks. I will say that I have read reviews and know of the small issues it brings, like the door. I decided on it because it is in my price range and I hear after the upgrades it can work pretty well. Here are a few pics of the smokes I have done with the crappo smoker I know these may not be the most "professional" BBQ out there and am sure I would be smoked under the table with majority of those that do it fulltime. However, I am learning and for the wife and I, it works pretty well. I am upgrading to the Trailmaster due to the HUGE temp problems this one above has. Any tips or anything is always appreciated.