Hello All, Joined the forum today from snowy New Hampshire. I am diving into the world of smoking meat this year. Up until now I have used my grill and make shift smoke boxes to cook ribs, wings, etc. Very eager and excited to start using my MES 40 inch smoker (once the weather will cooperate). Lots of questions, but the first I have is regarding the placement of my smoker. I have a deck that is somewhat crowded with my patio set and my gas grill. I think setting the smoker up there may be too congested - and dangerous as someone could accidentally touch the smoker and get burned. Does anyone position their smoker in the yard? Is this a fire hazard? I could position it in the driveway, but I would rather be able to sit in my back yard and hang out near the smoker. Should I purchase a stand to put the smoker on? Will this make it ok to position the unit in the yard? Are extension cords ok to use? Thanks a lot for any advice.