My wife bought me a MES 30 and it was DOA. Brand new out of the box the control panel was bad, wouldn't stay on, showing crazy numbers etc. Unplugging it for a while would temporally re-set it just to fail again a little later.
Academy Sports graciously replaced it with another new one. I did get and use a AMPS with it.
I haven't used it many times but now the 2nd one is doing the exact same thing, shutting off mid smoke. It's well out of warranty now and I'm not sure I want to fool with this thing anymore anyway just to have it fail again.
I know now that I could have used a bigger smoker anyway. Going to have a hard time investing in another MES. after 2 failures for the same issue.
SO... what to replace it with? I really haven't had the time to do any research on options.