Greetings from southeastern Massachusetts. I caught the smoking bug last October when I finally broke down and purchased an MES 30 1st generation. I had so much fun with that smoker and the food was so good that I had to upgrade. My next purchase was a Rec Tec. Unfortunately I found that was just a bit to small also and bought a Cookshack sm150 off craigslist. All three units would put out amazing Q, but I was getting tired of people saying it was not real Q so I decided to try a stick burner. I wanted something with a lot more capacity but still keeping a smaller foot print. After searching too many sites I decided to build my own rather than spent a ton of cash. Below is the smoker that I built. The main grates are 48" long and the side box grates are 16"X22.5", so all together I have 24 sq. ft. of grill surface. All grates are stainless. Well, in order to pay for the build I had to part with one of my other smokers, so I sold the Cookshack and that paided for this. I have to say that I love cooking with wood. The Rec Tec is used mostly as a grill now and the MES 30 comes out for the really small smokes.