Hi, this is David. I have been a fan of smoked meat for a long time. Several years ago, I purchased a small Meca water smoker, but found it was difficult to use for a variety of reasons....mostly it sat and rusted. Then I tried to smoke with my Webber gas grill with limited success. I decided it was time to acquire something a little more "user friendly" so I began researching and that's how I stumbled upon this site. I had decided to go with an electric smoker and discovered the MES 30" was the number one rated electric smoker in here. After some wisdom from other members, I took the plunge an purchased a 40" on Saturday. (Bigger is always better!) I've cleaned and seasoned it and now I am ready to smoke! I've got two Boston butts at just over 6lbs each, and I am planning on smoking them with hickory this week. I am really looking forward to many years of home smoked goodness! I live in the greater San Diego area with my wife of 25 years and I am a pastor of a local church. Grace and peace to all!