I'm 90% certain I'm spending my bonus on the RecTec "kitchen sink" package. I know its not made i the USA. My previous smoking experience is with a homebuilt UDS and a MES 40. I've made some amazing things on both. The MES will still be used for cold smoking(with an Amazen pellet smoker). I usually smoke the "standards" - brisket, ribs, butt, some sides. I've done cheese and fish as well. All that being said - if YOU were going to drop 2k on a smoker(it will be used exclusively in Minnesota), and want convenience(I get too drunk on overnight attended smoke sessions) would you choose the RecTec? Thanks in advance folks. The more I learn here the less I know!