Been a lurker for a little over a year, and finally wanting to jump in to making some great Q. For now i been using a a hand me down SS 7 burner grill with a $10 smoke box i got from lows. Charcoal or electric? I really cant decide if i want to go charcoal or electric. I really dont want to tend to the a fire but I want the flavor, and the crust I get when i go to a local Q place. From what I have read the smoking right is really there just for looks and not flavor? I live in Tulsa where we can have some crazy temp swings from 115 degrees to 0 and sometime sub zero in the winter. I would like to be able to smoke year round. I have been looking at the MES30 and have read to stay away from the Gen II due to the temp issues. How do I tell if i am getting a GEN II or the new 2.5? I have been looking at the one at lowes for $250 ( i have a 10% off coupon). I have also been looking at a $70 bullet shaped smoker, but from what i am gather i would be much happier with the MES. I really just want a no hassle no fuss set it and forget it. Or would i be better off just getting another smoke box and using my current grill?