First, Luis Thank you for your service, I feel proud every time I get to say that BTW. So Thank you.
I can only agree with the wise comments above. Electrics are built for folks like you and the old farts who have grown too lazy to tend a fire.
I have a MES30 and kick myself in the butt every time I have to chop up ribs or cut up a brisket to get it to fit. The MES40 is the only way to go.
Do not worry about the bells and whistles. Auxiliary support items are better bought separately so you can get better quality and not have a 10 dollar part you are not using shut down your entire smoker. Much like we learned about stereo component systems, when the 8-track breaks you lost the whole unit that was all built together and you could not upgrade as the tech presented itself. (I heard that from Bear Carver, I not nearly old enough to remember all that, 8-tracks?) Separate components are best to start.
Its great to start with an electric, it makes cooking more exact, easier to learn on. Then as your continue your upward mobility you can get a bigger better. You'll know about cooking and all you'll have to do is learn how to do it on a grander larger firebreather scale. Most of us here have done the cycle in the opposite direction because firebreathers were what was readily available.
MES40, small adequate smoker to get in and enjoy while learning. If not an MES, look at other electrics also. Just remember a less than 40 is just too small, you'll smoke on it, you'll enjoy it, but every time you do ribs or brisket or when you get all frisky and attempt bacon, jerky, ham, etc.... you'll resent your cost/size conscience purchase.
OH BTW Welcome to the boards! LOL..... I can get long winded, when I did is agree with the 5 comments above me......
Listen please take a Minute and click the "My Profile" icon on the upper taskbar, and fill in as little or as much as you'd care to, but most importantly add in where you put your head down at night. I will forget. And when people can see where you are located, they can most often better give advise for solving problems or passing on info . I don't expect you'd much care about the cost of crawfish in Ga. unless you are going fishing, but in Louisiana its a big deal....LOL So invest a min or two and folks won't keep asking you where do you hang your hat?
Nice meeting you. Look forward to seeing your smoking achievements.