Hello everyone! My name is Charlie and I live and work in Northwest Arkansas. I bought a 40" mes gen 2 from Amazon. It arrived yesterday. After I ordered the smoker, I found this site by chance and have been reading through posts every night for the past week. I am just blown away by how helpful and friendly this site is. I feel like I know some of you already. Jeff, I am taking your online course at this time. Todd, I ordered and received the pellet smoker and enjoyed reading about your trials with the mes 40. I almost sent it back but I like a challenge and I can't wait to try it out. I am going to stop by and get a 3" elbow before I fire it up and try your recomendations. Dave, enjoyed the mailbox conversion and plan to try that too. Sounds like you have out smarted a lot of problems. That's what I tell my guys at work. We just have to be smarter than the problem. I felt like if i am going to use the info from this site, I should join up and introduce myself. Thank you to all members. To those who may care, I am a Viet Nam era US Army vet.