I am still learning about smoking food, but this sure makes it possible. I have made large amounts of food in this smoker. It's fun to experiment with marinades, rubs, etc. I will be able to tell more the longer I have it. You simply soak your chips overnight and put those in the bottom. The next tray is where your water, wine or liquid goes. You then put your racks of food in, set outside and plug her up. Set it low and let her smoke. Get a themostat so you can make sure it is cooked to the right temperature.