Been lurking here for awhile, mostly for recipes and ideas. I've had a small round upright brinkman charcole smoker and have smoked many turkeys in it but now I am ready for an electric. I'm looking at spending 250 or less. Thought about a propane one but with cold winters I don't like how propane flows, I have a stoke grill that I just got and when its 20-30 out its tough to get it to temp....anyways. I'm good at fabrication and have thought about building my own but after adding up materials and time...I don't know just yet, I would like to do some cold smoking and I know building my own I could suite my needs better. Been looking at the analog and digital masterbuilt smokers and I like the idea of an insulated one but it appears quite a bit of mods need to be done to the MES's for them to really work well. I dunno.