I live in Kearney, Missouri (birthplace of Jesse James) just north of Kansas City. I received an ECB as a service anniversary gift several years ago. It sat in my garage and did not get used until early last year. After some frustration with the ECB I found this forum and ended up adding all of the mods to my ECB. Although it is a lot better I still spend a lot of time temp-sitting and I would like to branch into some longer than 4-5 hour smokes. I am going to Cabelas tonight to purchase a MES 40. I will be smoking a turkey breast and ribs this weekend. I've smoked ribs, turkeys, ham, chicken, trout, and salmon. My family has graciously agreed to continue allowing me to hone my skills on them. I guess that means I'm doing ok. I want to say thank you to all of you on here that have given so much knowlege to us newbies. Happy smoking!