been using the forum for a few days and realized I haven't intoduced myself. I'm originally from the mountains of NC, so I'm used to good BBQ! Since I have been living here, I have been using my Weber kettle and the trusty old Smoky Joe, but i am new to smoking. A friend of mine in the States got a Smoke Vault gas smoker for christmas, and has been driving me nuts with the pics. I then attempted to smoke in the kettle, but since the charcoal here is lump coal (almost impossible to find briquettes) I had a heck of a time controlling the temp and ended up overcooking a few batches of ribs. Then, a miracle occured! A guy from Australia opened a Weber shop, so I stop in to peruse and , lo and behold, a BDS, still in the box! First one in Portugal or so he claimed. Anyway, I buy it and now I have seasoned it, and my first smoke will be this coming Saturday. I really appreciate all the tips from the resident experts and the fabulous recipes for rubs and the like. Let the smoking commence!