Hi. I'm a 46 year old nerd that cooks and messes with firearms and 3D printers in my spare time. Had a medium sized propane vertical smoker and gave it away when I got my Masterbuilt Signature Series 30" digital electric smoker. Have had very poor results thus far compared to my propane cooker that I foolishly gave away. No smoke rings, bitter acrid smoke flavor and dry meat seems to be what this thing puts out in stock form. I didn't have to mod my propane rig to get sweet smoke from it, but this electric rig is going to require mods. Thankfully I have unlimited access to a full machine shop and I know how to fabricate reasonably well. I want to continue to use chips, so I think I will try building a stand and using a mailbox mod with a hotplate to heat the chips. I could control the smoke in my propane unti well enough to get the thin blue smoke I like best. Can't get that with my electric unit for more than a few minutes. All white smoke after a few minutes regardless of the temp settings.