So my wife hates me at the moment. I bought a MES40, per the gazillion good things I read about it here. I now need to wow her, because the money I was going to use to fix our broken bedroom window went toward this smoker. I seasoned the smoker today. Cleaned and baked it for a couple hours, recleaned the interior. Then rubbed it down with bacon grease and baked and smoked it for a couple hours. It is ready to rock. The fat carmelized nicely. I intend on smoking a chicken tomorrow. Then making some healthy meat snacks for the dog (just chicken and some marked down meat sliced up and brined in 50/50 salt/sugar. Any suggestions on the chicken? It will be a fryer chicken. I usually brine my poultry as a habit, but I will be buying and smoking tomorrow. Will it be as easy as firing up the pig and putting in some chips? How fast can I cook a chicken and still get that smoked chicken flavor? I probably have 5 hours max to make a chicken. ps. build quality of this MES40 is crap. Door leaks smoke, and is all warped above the glass on the inside. Looks like a madman riveted it together. So much for quality from China. Also I have really enjoyed reading so many enthusiastic posts on this site.