Hey all! So I got hooked on smoking with my MES 30, but I have more frequently been using my Kingsford charcoal grill. I find that I get more enjoyment out of being more hands on with the finesse it takes to build and control the fire and smoke. I had read about the "thin blue smoke" but truly never saw it until using the charcoal and wood together. My wife raves about how good everything is that I cook on the grill, not that she didn't on the MES. I haven't actually used the MES since early July!