Just saying hi and thanks for all the information. I will be purchasing a MES30 on Friday based on what a lot of you have said, small family so no need for the 40". I think I’ll order the amazin smoker shortly after for cold smoking as well. As a first timer what else am I leaving out? Smoker, thermometer and a pile of meats and cheese? Oh yes and a finger or two of bourbon to ease the anticipation.