Like Hobby Farmer, I also use a 'Lil Chief smoker. Found it on sale for about $21.00. It was so easy it's hard to believe! As a first time smoker I just used the pan and chips that came with the smoker and had good results. I'll be a bit more creative this year. I also keep the peppers in the freezer just to make sure they won't mold. Mine ended up the consistance of prunes, shriveled but pliable. I wasn't sure how much moisture to remove. Home-smoked chipotles are soooo good and so much less expensive given how prolific jalapeno plants are! SandyO CH #1146 p.s. Phil: Don't use your chile smoker for anything else. Off tastes will result!