Hi. I´m Jonathan P., handle El Toro Furioso from Jalisco, Mexico. I retired at 53 in 2003 and we moved full time to Mexico 10 years ago. I did some smoking when we still lived in New York on a Brinkmann water smoker, the $45 USD kind. I had great results with a variety of things from wild salmon filets to up to two 14 pound turkeys at once, brined then rubbed with a marinade under the skin for another 12 plus hours before smoking. We recently drove to the US where I picked up a Smokin´ It No. 2 electric smoker. I love it. Then I found a barely used MES 40 inch with window at a charity bazaar. I love it so far too. We live 6 months of the year in a home we bought on the beach in La Manzanilla del Mar on the Tenacatita Bay and the other half of the year on Lake Chapala outside of Guadalajara. So now I have an electric smoker for each house. I won´t have to haul the Smokin´It back and forth like I had planned. Will be testing the MES next week with baby back ribs. I´ll use the Smokin´ It rib hooks that came with the smoker and just hang the racks from the top grate. Having the window has got to be a good thing, at least reassuring that havoc isn´t taking place inside that tight-sealed box. I´m looking forward to learning as much as possible from the more experienced members of Smoking MeatForums.com!