My name is Dick & I retired about 1 1/2 yrs ago to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I fish whenever I can get away, and get in bass tournaments every once in a while. Actually came in 1st place in one back in Springfield IL. I'm originally from St Louis. I like to cook things on the grill and have been smoking meat off and on. I've had a Pro Char-Griller for years which is great for grilling with its adjustable charcoal bed and cast iron grills. Smoking is more of a challenge but I've actually produced some very good ribs and pork butts for pulled pork. The problem with the griller is keeping a constant temp., esp when its cold outside. I've read some of the threads about the modifications people have done and was really impressed (I haven't modified anything). Recently I purchased an MES30 from Lowe's at a clearance price and really like it so far. No more battling the temp variations! I've got to admit I'm a little uneasy doing this as I've never been in a forum before. I'm not sure if I'm even in the right place, so will end this now to see what happens.