Marc here in South Alabama! I've been smoking for several years in a homemade concrete block smoker. I just stepped up to a MES 30. I have 20 month old twins who take up most of my time at home and constantly watching a fire just ain't in the cards anymore. Seasoned the MES last night and plan a smoked meatloaf with basket weave bacon wrap on Friday. I can't wait! I went ahead and got the AMNPS and 16 lbs of various flavored pellets. Can't wait to cold smoke some cheese!