I saw on Kinja that this MES model with the front controller has its lowest ever price on Amazon. I checked the price history and it is the lowest, since Jan of 2015 anyway. I don't have this one, so I can't speak for it, but anyone looking to grab one might want to look at this deal.
MES 30 Price on Amazon - $164
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I actually used it twice last weekend. Friday I smoked two racks of ribs and some baked beans. They came out really good, but took a lot longer to cook that what I would have thought. I'm pretty sure it was because I had so much stuff in there. I'll try it wiht just one rack and see what happens, but I had company over last weekend. On Sunday I did a beer can chicken, it came out pretty good, but I did some research on here and it seems that most people agree that it's gimicky and to just spatchcock the chicken for best results.
All in all, I'm happy with the purchase and look forward to experimenting more with it.