Hi Pat, I received my smoker this year for fathers day from my 2 girls, 10 and 7. Their only complaint is that I put it too close to the trampoline lol.
Here are a few suggestions that helped me. First enroll in the 5 day e-course on this web site that Jeff Phillip's offers. It is great. Next, use the search engine that is at the top of every page. Type in "Masterbuilt 40" gas smoker" and start reading. The more you read the more questions you will have then search some more or start a thread like this one here. I have found that everyone that I have interacted with are all so willing to help. Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. I truly believe there is nothing you can ask that you won't get a half dozen good response about.
One last thing, once you get the smoker, play with it a few times either empty or with something cheap like chicken legs/thighs. This way if you mess them up it's cheaper then jumping in with a big brisket.
I hope this helps. Good luck,