Howdy all. My name is Michael but I also go by "BONES" I am in Victoria, Texas and only been smoking for a short time. I was given a Brinkman Electric smoker a few months back and really enjoyed it. The heating element went out on it and I just havn't ordered another one and nobody here sells parts. I've scanned the pages here a few times but never really stopped in. Today I had to go to Austin and on the way home I stopped at Cabelas to see what they had. Hoping to get a $30.00 part so I could smoke this weekend. They had a Masterbuilt 30" Sportsman Elite on sale until 09/02/13 for $179.00 so I dropped two big bills on the counter and walked out with a big box. Easy to put together and I have it seasoned right now. I might even hit it again tomorrow just to make sure. Looking forward to learning about it. O'h yeah, it is the one with the control box on the top back of the unit and vent hole on the top. I guess that makes it a first generation?