Well I used my MES 30 for the first time last weekend. It smokes pretty well (to me). I have never owned a smoker until now. I used Hickory and Apple chips. I cooked it on 225 until it was at 165 then I put some finishing sauce on it and put it in foil. Turned out great tasting! I just wasn't too impressed with the bark or the juicy/tenderness of it I mean do not get me wrong... it was good and wasn't TOUGH but it wasn't that tender.