Well, we share many things daRicksta, MES, AMNPS, Maverick ET-732 and birthdays, so Happy Birthday to us tomorrow!
Have only had my smoker for a week or so and chicken thighs have been my only smoke, we were pleased with the way they came out. Have a 8# Pork Butt in fridge for this weekend.
Ordered my AMNPS from Todd before the MES got here after reading so much about his products, also got the ET-732 before my first smoke.
Tons of great information on SMF.
Pleasure to meet you, azbohunter. I just wonder if we'll be the same age on our mutual birthday? I'll be 62.
Got the ET-732 last week but haven't used it yet. As for the AMNPS, it worked great in the beginning but then I had problems through the next smokes keeping it lit. I brought the problem to these forums and both Todd Johnson and Bearcarver fixed me up with the proper answers. It's all in how you light it because since following their instructions I've had hours of steady thin blue smoke. I also was putting way too much water in the water bowl; following my two mentors' advice, I turned it into a heat sink by filling it with playground sand and covering it with aluminum foil. I learned the hard way not to leave the sand-filled bowl in the smoker when I'm transporting it back to the garage where I store it. Cleaning out damp sand piled in the rear of the smoker is a thankless job.
I love the MES. Wish I could have been able to afford the 40' but the 30" works well for almost all my smokes. I don't need the glass door or the stainless steel finish. Mine is the black model with nothing fancier than the digital control panel on the top. Haven't used it as much as other guys in the group but I'm at the point where I think I know what I'm doing.
Let us know how the pork butt turns out. I think that at 8 lbs. it would be too big and wide for the 30" but perhaps other guys here have had success in positioning larger cuts of meat on the grates in that smokehouse.