Over the Easter long weekend I brought out my Brinkmann charcoal smoker that I bought probaby 4 years ago from a friend slightly used and promptly put it away and never used. After spending a lot of time on this forum just reading, I made some jerky which turned out pretty darn good using a basic pepper jerky recipe I found here with a couple small mods. Lets just say the first batch didn't last too long. The biggest problem I had was keeping my temperature correct so I ended up babysitting it all day. After this experience and considering that I'm usually busy on weekends, too busy to properly tend the charcoal smoker, I started researching other options. After looking on this forum, many places that sell smokers and reading tons of reviews I decided on the 30" digital electric smoker from Masterbuilt, the one without the window. Had to wait quite awhile to order because many places were out of stock. Finally Amazon had them in stock ($177 and free shipping) so I pulled the trigger. Went and picked it up last night and to be honest, I don't think I've been this excited about waiting for a pkg. to arrive in a very long time. So today I need to make a decision on what will be the first thing I smoke this weekend. I'm leaning toward either ribs or a pork butt to shred. I'm also thinking that while I'm smoking the "main course" I might just get some sausages to hang in there as well. One of our local grocery stores makes some great sausages in house. Hopefully I'll be doing lots of smokes and sharing (with pics of course) what I've been up to.