Some great chatter in here. Thanks for the tips on the Maverick, I ordered an ET-733 tonight from the American BBQ website (which looks the goods). Also ordered some rub and brine and a couple of other things. So I recently picked up an Aldi Smoker, I've already PM'd Azrael but figured it doesnt hurt to post in here and ask. How on earth do you know where to start? I have spent the better part of the last few hours reading.. and I am not even up to recipes yet. Any favourite stores/sources for products in Australia? I dont mind ordering from O/S.. of course its just the lead time. The base book/PDF from Hark was a good read as an introduction about the basics and that paired up well with my research thus far. It is mostly joining the dots on the options and where to start at the beginning. I'd rather keep it simple than dive straight into a brisket (for example). I have yet to season, but have read about problems people have with wood chips in the Aldi Smoker catching fire in the wood chip tray.. that perhaps I should just skip and go straight for the A-Maze-N tube and maybe pellets. It seems to vary (even in this thread) with the experiences people have had. Found these guys .. no#27 who are priced quite well (from the quantity) and also a method to avoid the catching fire. So I guess.. for a newbie. What is a good place to start? I am all for just giving it a go, keeping it simple. Wood chips from Bunnings and some ribs perhaps? I've found a few forums, but also many that have info but not much recent information/posts that is easy for a newbie to follow. It seems that Ironbark is popular in Australia (guessing due to it being readily available). Really appreciate any points in the right direction or maybe what taught you a lot when you were starting out. I work a crazy amount of hours but do work from home most of the week.. and hoping to make this years festive season super festive with some smoked BBQ goodness.