Just joined and happy to be here. I've been reading a lot of the great posts here, particularly the MES Owners Group. I think I've looked at all of them up to page 6 of 8
My name is Steve, and me & the Mrs. have just retired. We owned a small Bakery in Tacoma WA for the last 20 yrs and prior that had a Snap-On tool business for 15 years. I am a Vietnam Vet (twice) - walked a dog for a year and then took command of a dog platoon.
A couple of months ago we downsized from our home of 35 yrs in Tacoma and moved west to just outside a small town on the Olympic Peninsula called Allyn. We were blessed in finding a small cedar home on a small lake (w/lots of trout). Looking for something to do besides fishing I imagined smoking the dozen or so trout I'got in the freezer (and someday hopefully a Prime Rib thanks to Bear).
I'm totally new to this. Bought a new Gen 2 MES 30 at Bass Pro (their label Redhead model). You've all got me pretty worried about this Gen 2. Thought about giving it back after reading so much in your Forum Group but decided to keep it because:
A. I got a great deal (after being on sale I also received a further $35 off in coupon & MB rebate
B. Have to start somewhere
C. 1 year warranty from BassPro
D. Its a long drive to return it (reaching a bit?)
Anyhow I stuck myself with it and I know I might regret it but it will be a relatively cheap lesson since I,m only it in for $155. Then if I stick with it, and vice-aversa, then I can move into a Gen 2.5 40" (if I can afford it then).
Thanks so much to all for all the info and advice and delicious recipes you've already given me (I was listening - my AMNPS and pellets are due tomorrow out here in the boonies thanks to your advice). ------Steve