I am sure some senior members get tired of newbies posting their first works but here it is. Got my new MES 40 Mon. night, put it together and seasoned it before I went to bed. Tonight I made my first smoke on it. I smoked chicken wings and my wife thinks I am a hero thanks to all the great info form other experienced MES owners. No water and vent wide open! I used 50/50 cherry and Jack Daniels chips. I marinated my wings over night. 275 for 2 1/2 hours. 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup oil 1/2 cup balsamic 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (needed much more but have to keep wife happy) Very simple and fairly mild and sweet. I was going to toss them on the grill for a sec. but didn`t need to. Again thanks to all who shared info in all the past posts on here! More knowledge than I can soak up at one time.