I'm new to smoking. After much research and deliberation, I decided on the MES 40 from Sam's Club for ease of temp maintenance. I work at home, long hours as a court transcriber, so I don't want to be tending the smoker constantly. We'll see how that goes. I smoked my first pork butt last weekend. Previously I had only done butts in the crockpot -- not even close to smoke flavor! The MES is so big that I put in some boneless/skinless chicken breasts, some quarter-pound hot dogs and some mild Italian sausages. Wow! So freakin' good! I am hooked! Now I want to smoke everything that's not tied down. The smoker worked great. I used hickory for that butt. My birthday is coming up on Monday, so I want to smoke some salmon for friends next week. I'm searching around the forums for the best way to do that. I bought some apple chips for my next smoking effort. I love experimenting with my new hobby. Now I wish I had a few extra stomachs so I could eat more! Glad to be joining you all here in the smoke pit!