I debated a long time about getting a smoker and I finally did. With money being tight I ended up with an ECB but hey it's better than nothing. Anyway I've only used it twice (to smoke spare ribs). First time things were a little tough but the second time they were tender as can be and way better than I can get in any restaurant around here (NJ). Anyway, I have to say that I'm hooked and looking for something else to smoke and see how it turns out. If my addiction lasts and I think it will after eating the food off the cheapest smoker around I can see myself saving up to get a smokey mountain or an MES. Which do you guys think is better?