My son bought me a charcoal smoker for Mother's Day. I'm crazy excited about it. I'm going to put it together today and season it per the instructions. And it's more compact than my Weber Kettle grills so I might bring it to the Shoot and Hoot if anyone would like to grill something for lunch there. I know this isn't a very advanced smoker but I'm still so excited about it. Now, I need ideas, tips and hints from all you experienced smokers on how to smoke a brisket, chicken, turkey, etc. I never had successfully grilled ribs until you guys here taught me how to do it. I've never had a problem grilling ribs since. http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f12/need-advice-grill-masters-43128/ I precooked the ribs in the oven in a roasting pan with a separate pan of water in the oven then flavoured them up on the grill. Now I need your expert advice on how to get into smoking. Start me off with something easy. Also, my son gave me a bag of apple wood chips to use, too.