Well, after two years of going back and forth on what to get I've finally decided which smoker to get. Once the Gen 2.5 came out I decided on that and convinced myself this week to get the 40" Gen 2.5 from Cabela's. Just got it together and finished seasoning it. Can't wait to do my first smoke in something other than a char broil version of the ECB! Thank you for all of the advice from the regualrs! This is a wonderful community.