My very first post...I can't wait to get some fresh meat that I smoked myself into my mouth but first things first. I have been doing research for a while now on my possible future hardware and have decided that for my first smoker I am going to head in the electric direction. That being said I was set on a MES 30, based on both size requirements and price. I am aware of the commonly reported problems associated with the units but feel that I can work with or around them. I have been stalking around online looking for a sale and I found a unit locally for $179. I was about to take the plunge and something else has come into the picture...I can obtain a Bradley Original Smoker, model BT1S1, for $175, brand new in the box from someone. Now I know that is a great price for that unit but...Dollar for dollar the Bradley seems like the better unit. I don't like that it isn't as compact as the MES units. The biggest thing that I dislike is that I am locked into buying my bisquettes from them (I think). I do like the automated feed feature so I can do what I need to do around the house without checking that that my chips have turned to ash and have stopped producing smoke constantly. I am looknig for some opinions and guideance here so feel free to chime in with plusses or minuses for either unit. It will be greatly appreciated. PS-I have to move kind of fast because I don't know how long this Bradley is going to be around for.