How many smokers do you have and WHY ?? I recently bought another ECB because the pans on mine are rusted out badly. I am Modding the original and realized I have almost exactly all the parts left over to build up one as a propane unit ( just need the burner ) Due to a recent thread, I hopped on the MES train for a great price. The MES can do so much and I can justify a propane unit in case I need to power thru a winter smoke. I wonder why I am proceeding with the charcoal ECB, except I can't bare to see it unfinished, I've had it nearly 30 years, so I guess there is some sentimental attachment.