Been lurking around the forums for awhile. Figured I would introduce myself. My name is Daniel. I am a college student in Virginia. I am an avid cook and baker, and have been looking to expand into smoking for quite some time. I checked out the 5 day ecourse and have been reading wikis and it looked very interesting to say the least. There is quite a bit of information to take in. I have also looked at many threads and have seen some great food that I cannot wait to try for myself. I have been checking out a smoker for awhile and I finally scraped up enough money to buy one. I was looking for a smoker that didn't have to be stared at constantly due to my schedule of school and work. I have been looking at a MES40. A few questions I have would be are is it able, and more importantly safe, to set it up and head to class for 2 or 3 hours at a time? Also, how well do they work in the colder months? I look forward to spending time here reading/posting and taking in all the knowledge I can.