After my MES30" had been repaired 2X, with burned wires, and a bad heating element. This time the controller didn't turn on, so.... Off to the market place to get a new smoker. After much deliberation and reading forum after forum, I settled on a Smokin-it model 2. Got it the other day, and did the break in burn tonight. It couldn't have been easier. Put 2 chunks of wood in the box, closed the door with the 2 latches set it for 225, and see you in 3 hours! At the pre determined time, I turned it off and opened it up, all done! Smoker was seasoned and looking great! The box is almost air tight, only had a little smoke seepage from the top,of the door, but for the most part, all went out of the top. Never had too much smoke,always a thin line of smoke. This weekend will be the full test with meat and the thermometers. It should hold temp pretty well as it is insulated. Can't wait for the football games and the good food I have been missing!