I have a question to pose to the seasoned veterans here. I'm looking to purchase my first smoker and am still unsure of the best way to go. I first thought about getting the AMPS and using it in conjunction with my gas grill. I'm just unsure how well the temperature can be regulated with the grill. I considered a propane smoker but have the same concern about regulating the temperature. I am seriously considering the 1st generation MES 30. So I thougt I would turn to the experts here. I have already gotten answers to several questions I've posted and everyone has been so helpful and I appreciate a forum such as this where I can find answers. So what's the best way to start out?