Since the MES controller died, and I still have the urge to smoke while I wait for my new controller, I went and bought a Brinkmann Charcoal Smoker tonight for $60. I figure it's time to learn some charcoal techniques and the wife wanted charcoal grilled burgers again after using propane forever. Picked up a bag of Kingford charcoal, not the easy light stuff, just the regular, a charcoal starter and a bag of hickory chunks. Plan to assemble it tonight to burn off the factory crap and read up on this smoker and tips on here tonight. Feel free to jump in and give sage advice!