I bought a 30" MES August 2014 and had very good success. Heck every chance I had I would put something in the smoker. Just before I bought this unit my youngest son moved out on his own, so I would make up a bunch of ribs and made sure he received more than his share. He really loved them and I could just see it in his eyes he wanted one but just couldn't swing the cash. All of us try and help our kids out as much as possible and I am no different. After about 8 months I decided I wanted to give my 30' to my son but it meant I would have to buy a new one. I bought a new 40' with the glass door, stainless with the remote and I am one happy person with it. My son made out really well as I took very good care of the 30' all he had to do was start using it. Did I mention I also gave him a bag of apple, cherry, peach and alder wood chips and a shaker for rubs. He loves it and has already made a few racks of ribs and some smoked salmon. Bought both smokers from Amazon, have a prime account shipping was free.