I am a new smoker. I live in East Tennessee. I have a Brinkman Pitmaster Deluxe, that I will use for the 1st time tomorrow. I also have a Charbroil upright smoker that I have only used twice, and both times was within the last 7 days. I have grilled for years, but not very seriously,and cooked very seriously, but I guess I was a little intimidated by smoking. I figured it can't hurt to try. I just got my Pitmaster today. It is new in the box. I have it assembled, and I will season it tomorrow before I start to cook. Does any of you have any experience with this model smoker? Is there any modifications that can be done to it to make it better? I am a welder/fabricator by trade, so mods should be a breeze. I would appreciate any input. BTW I have already smoked steaks, chicken breasts, a beef roast, and a fatty. You guys are right, that fatty is something else. Tomorrow, I am doing another fatty, salmon, and a pork roast. Wish me luck.