Just purchased a 30" MES (on sale at the Sports Authority for $159). I seasoned it per the directions (270 for 3 hours, with some wood chips for the last hour), and am planning on trying my first smoke this weekend. Probably do some ribs to start. I am fairly famililiar with smoking. In the past, I've just used my BBQgalore turbo grill (4 burners), using 2 burners on one side, and smoking the meat on the "cool side", which worked OK (set up like the instructions on this site: http://www.amazingribs.com/tips_and_...ill_setup.html I wanted to go with the electric mainly for a more of a set it and forget it type of setup, and from what I've read, the MES is very good for this sort of thing. Have been doing alot of reading of old posts on this forum. I have wood chips for now, and am planning to use them, along with some charcoal briquetts, which I understand may help with consistent heat production and smoke ring. The plan is maybe 4 or so briquetts (+ handful of chips) while I heat up the unit, then maybe 1 every hour or so. Any way to increase the time between adding more chips? (I've read most people seem to add chips every 30min to 1 hour) Do you soak the chips or leave them dry? I do have a 2 probe thermometer to measure temps. Thanks!