Eric here... originally from Virginia, currently serving my 23rd year in the US Coast Guard. I'm a long time fan of the Weber Kettle with great success and have used the small water pan charcoal smokers with little to no success in the past. I'm looking forward to retiring next year and doing some touring with my wife in a travel trailer across the states. I want my transition back to the civilian ranks to be slow and low just like my BBQ. I chose a Masterbuilt 30" electric for it's ease of use and storability. I'm cornsiderin bringin it with me in the travel trailer. So far I have smoked an amazing butt, delicious halibut and 3 racks of pretty dang good baby backs (although I prefer spares). My smoker smells out of this world! I can't resist a good sniff every time I walk by it. However, not everything is perfect and I need to polish my technique a bit. That's why I'm here. So far my family is happy with my purchase and have gobbled up everything that I've smoked... A good sign fer sure. For the past three weeks I've been watchin all three seasons of BBQ Pitmasters on Netflix. I just can't get enough! Love following the likes of Johnny Trigg and Myron Mixon I look forward to conversin with ya and sharing my experiences. Thanks fer havin me!