My wife (who, as previously stated, is an amazing bargain shopper) found a gen I MES 30 for $100 on Facebook. It's been used thrice, and is almost as clean as a whistle. The heating element seems to work well. I've got it out front running a test rack of spare ribs, just to see how it runs. From what I have read, I understand to stick to no more than 1/4 cup of SOAKED chips at a time. Running hickory, just checking on it every 15-20 mins to see what the smoke is doing. The temp is climbing a bit slowly, but it is a little chilly out. We shall see. I don't have a camera available (unfortunately), so no pics yet. I'll let y'all know how it goes. Incidentally, my wife also found a Gen 1 MES 30 for my father in law, so you will probably see him popping in here as well. Be nice, he's new to the obsession.