This is my 1st time using smoker and so far I've made ribs and a beef brisket. The ribs were ok but the brisket was a little tuff. I picked up a masterbuilt 20070106 and it seems like it will do everything it claims, I guess I just have to keep trying to get it right. This site is really great, I look forward to learning all I can. I now know that a thermometer will help alot and to only use 2-3 wood chips every 1/2 hr instead of loading it up every 2 hrs like I was told by the Mfg. Anyway, here's to good smoking and good whiskey!