I'm 31, married with one son, just started learning about smoking meat. Currently on my first smoke, 2 slabs of 321 pork spare ribs in the MES 30 right now. Before this, I used the grill a lot. I have a nice backyard with an inground pool, patio, and spend most my time there during the summer, so it will be nice to be able to have some meat on the smoker while goofing in the yard or pool. I also like to make deer jerky in the dehydrator from the deer I harvest, but never even thought about smoking, thinking it would be too tough to learn on my own. Then a couple of guys at work were talking about their Cookshack and MES electric smokers and how easy it was, and it got me interested. I bought the more reasonably priced MES, and started researching the internet for tips, and this was the first site I found. I haven't needed to go anywhere else. This site has everything I need to get started. I think I might have a new hobby. I've already started thinking about having friends and family over for supper, but I think I'll wait until summertime when I have a better feel for it.