Ok newbie coming in on the thread. I have been looking at this MES 30" BT smoker at the local Wally World for $276. It has swayed me from my original idea of buying a CB deluxe model (Amazon for $209)for two reasons: 1) I can go to cold smoke when I get some smokes under my belt if I so choose. 2) It seems the customer service is spot on with MB if needed. \
With either choice, it seems the idea of using the AMNPS instead of chips is the way to go and getting a decent meat thermometer like a Maverick is also a standard.
Anything else I am missing besides the foiling of heat source and drip tray?
You got good Info there:
Should also have a roof over it if possible, or a really good waterproof cover (Tarp).
I would recommend getting the Bluetooth Gen #2.5 MES 40 instead of the 30. Last I saw they were about $326.
I started with the 30, and it was a waste of money, because I got a 40 a year later.