So new here. Decided to switch over from a CharGriller with an offset smoker to a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES). I like smoking, but didn't like the monitoring that the charcoal setup required. So I bought a Gen 1 MES 40". Yet somehow I can't get past the feeling I'm going to end up with Weber smoker eventually. Perhaps it's the challenge... As to me, I live in and run a uniform business in Santa Clarita, CA (just north of LA, next to Six Flags Magic Mountain). I would call myself at best intermediate in experience, though overall moderately advanced at cooking in general. My passions are reading, mostly current events and theology, and fountain pens. A neo-luddite am I. Oh, and the avatar is Karl Rahner, one of the more influential Roman Catholic theologians of the mid-Twentieth century.