New to forum here, and I did just buy an MES from Cabela's. Not sure if I am happy with it though. Made some jerky as my first kill. Trouble getting smoke at low temps. Had to crank it up to 210 and leave door open to regulate temp. I get it, the element doesn't stay on long enough to smoke at this temp once preheated. I've also found that even at higher temps, once unit was up to temp, it was hard to get smoke. Got through first time though, can't say it was easy. After looking at posts here and on other sites, I was intrigued at the idea of generating smoke outside of box for low temp or cold smoking. Looked at Smoke pistol and SmokeDaddy, but my financial advisor said no to more toys until after Christmas. So for less than $15.00, I got some flexible and rigid duct pipe and with a little ingenuity I managed a fairly good operating external smoke generator. (I've since added a steel 3 gallon pail that the rigid duct sets in with about 1/2" to 3/4' of water for draft control- attached). I do like the idea of fiddling and tending to the cooking, to a degree, but if I have to smoke externally I may as well return this unit and get me horizontal with a SFB. Been reading alot about them on this forum too.