Guys and Gals, I'm new the forum. I live in Des Moines, Iowa and I've been smoking for approximately 5 years. I have gone through my fair share of different smokers. I've tried propane, charcoal and electric. I currently have two different electric smokers that I use most often. I think I'm most attracted to an electric smoker because of the temperature control. I like things when they are easy!! The smoker I use most often is a MES 30 with the amazn pellet smoker box. I just found out about this pellet smoker box last year and I have been loving it ever since. Plenty of people have told me you don't get smoke taste from pellets but I think they are absolutely crazy!! When I finally graduate to a big boy smoker I hope to have one that I can use both charcoal and actual wood logs. I think I'll be ready for this kind of smoker right around retirement... (I'm currently 31). Other than smoking meat I enjoy brewing beer, drinking beer, and having fun.