I'm looking at a 40" smoker in the very near future. I know to avoid the Gen 2 from all of the valuable information on this site. So, what I am wondering, should I go with a Gen 1 since there is such limited information at this time on the Gen 2.5, or should I take the plunge being that the design of the Gen 2.5 seems to incorporate most of the positives of the Gen 1 with some other "upgrades". I am coming from a cheap Char Broil vertical charcoal water smoker and am looking forward to getting an MES. I look forward to continuing to learn from all of your experiences. Thank you in advance!