I'm an engineer and general geek, so all your detailed info makes me happy. I used to smoke indirect on a Charbroil infrared grill that I bought with our wedding gift cards. Loved the grill, but smoking was tricky and hit or miss. We bought a new house last year, with a fancy built in outdoor grill and gave the old charbroil to my husband's father. Sadly, the grill is fancy (GE Monogram stainless), but can't maintain temperature worth a darn (particularly low). I started investigating different smoking options, but feared with charcoal I'd never take the time to set it up. Based on many of your recommendations, I picked the MES and hope I got a good one.
Thanks to all of your for your recommendations and recipes. I'm sure they are going to be great. I've already ordered the AMZPS (with a discount) and am excited to try that out when it arrives.