OK to try and answer a few of your questions.... Just get 1 Taylor to monitor the meat.. the smoker will be fine. CS will include rub and wood in your first order I believe. Keep this simple to start. Chunks work best in the CS for long smokes... I use chips for smokes shorter than 3 hrs. Dont soak them. If you do just 1 butt I would put it as high a rack as possible, fat cap up. You will see the firebox once your CS arrives tomorrow. Many folks here use Costco.. no problem. Look for Boston Butts. And just for the record... a boston butt is pork, not beef. But Im sure you knew that. Keep the questions coming we all will chip in as we can.