Well, I finally did it. After years, yeah really, years, of lurking on here and debating on buying a smoker, I bought it today. MES 30 Gen 1 that I found at Tractor Supply. Having spent some quality time at work last night on the midnight shift on this site, I saw a post where someone had found this at TS. As soon as I woke up this afternoon, I was off and $129 later it was in the back of my truck. Can't wait to get started.