I am just beginning to smoke, but have friends who are really into it and use my MES 30". I have to say it is a piece of crap, but their customer service sent out new parts (Thermostat never worked and the wood loader fell apart after a dozen uses). But, we still use it manually loading chips and sticking an external thermometer in the meat.
I will replace the bad parts when time permits and smoke till it fails. But, next time, I will look at all the reviews and search for quality.
Anyway, I look forward to all the recipes and suggestions. - Ed