I'm just starting to look into getting into the world of smoking meats, after my buddy came over and smoked some delicious tri-tips on his charcoal smoker. I'd like to have similar quality meat, but less time spent on the cooking process, so I'm considering electric smokers. From what I can gather, the 40'' MES seems like a pretty solid electric smoker, but I did have some questions for people that have owned them or seen them in action: Is the wood chip feed automatic, where you load and forget, or do you have to babysit it? Do you get that same smoke ring with the electric smoker that you get with charcoal? How hard is it for a beginner to use one of these? I appreciate any assistance, thanks!