My neighbor got my fiance and I an electric Cajun Smoker as a wedding present. I have been wanting a smoker for a long time to make snack sticks as well as to make briskets, piggie butts, chicken and turkey. I already make jerky in my two dehydrators and we make a lot of deer sausage but we just cold smoke it out in an old shed. I have never "hot" smoked meat before or used a smoker of any kind, electric or propane, but i love to cook and grill and make a lot of deer sausage, jerky and want to make a lot sticks. I like the idea how easy the electric is, to just set it and forget it, and not worry about a tank running out or anything like that. They must have overheard me say I was wanting an electric smoker! But im curious, is this a good model to have, or is the MES better... or is there another even better option? I dont really like the idea of the pucks with a Bradley. I have already purchased an AMNPS for the smoke! I'm really excited to get started, just want to make sure this thing isnt terrible before i get going on all this meat! And also, since it was a gift, and from my neighbors who will see it often, I'm really leary to exchange it and not seem gracious, you know, because its an awesome gift from my awesome neighbors! I am willing to pay for an upgrade though, and they said, if you want something bigger or different we have the receipt and feel free to exchange it. Also, I just joined this site but I have been checking it out for a while and it seems like an awesome site with tons of very helpful and very nice people. Thanks in advance!