Last Fri evening I threw on 10 lb Boston butt on the MES 30, to smoke for an upcoming annual turkey hunt with some friends. About 10:30 when I went to bed, the smoker was chugging along at 225° like a champ. I anticipated a 2:30 ish p.m. pull, but would awake to a surprise I awoke at approx 5:15 a.m. to this: Sometime during the night, the smoker decided to torch itself. It melted the display, and melted the door shut, not to mention it totally crisped my butt. The good thing was that it kept the problem self contained, and the only casualties were the smoker and the butt. Naturally I was in need of a new MES, so I got on the net, and found that academy was running an Easter special on the Gen 1 MES40s, so I scooped this baby up for a steal. All I've had time to do so far is a first season, and smoke a pack of deer sausage at dinner this week, but plan to break her in right, with another butt, this next weekend. Can't wait!