Well I found a 40" MES on sale at Cabelas so I went ahead and ordered it. I figured it would be the 1200w one, but sadly when I unpacked and checked it last night it was not. Its the 800w model with a window. I am a bit bummed but it still seems like a very nice smoker so I will give it a go and if it doesnt perform like I thought then I will do the 1200w element upgrade that I have seen here on the forums. I do have some questions though. Is this thing ok to keep outside? I plan on having it covered and taking the control panel in the house. The manual says no chunks, but I have noticed that some of you do use them. Just run them or chop them up a little smaller with a hatchet? Soak or no soak on the chips or chunks? Do you have to program a time or can you just set the temp and no time? I may have more questions as I use it but I think that covers them for now. Thanks in advance for the advice and help its much appreciated.