I've been using a MES30 (30" electric smoker from Masterbuilt for those that aren't in the know) for years now w/mixed results and had always been jealous of my buddy's and their pellet smokers that did stuff I just couldn't do. Sure, I made some really, really, REALLY good meat with my smoker but it seemed to take more effort to do than their higher end pellet smokers. I'm so excited to get this puppy set up and the initial burn-in done so I can start smoking on it! Our local grocery store started a sale on their Boston Butt's and I was able to score a smaller shoulder for less than $8 @ the current $0.99//lb sale price. That will be the first thing to go on after I do the 1hr burn-in. I expect it to get better as it gets seasoned but I'm pretty amped for this first smoke as I have lots of experience w/pulled pork so it will be a good test to compare the two smokers. I got a cover for it when not in use and would have got the insulation wrap for it (it's currently about 30deg here in Colorado as I type this) but they were out of stock. I got three bags of the GMG pellets and plan to use the fruity wood mixture for the shoulder as I normally like to run applewood pellets for my pulled pork and I think this fruit mixture is their closest version.
Man, this is going to get FUN!