It was suggested I give a peep here in the rollcall forum after saying hello in the Electric Smokers. Based in Oakland, CA, far away from most good BBQ. Look forward to keeping up with all of you. Considered seriously going with a wood offset, but in the end given location, and otherwise, went with the lazyman choice and got an electric smoker. The MES really does sound like its going to just make smoking very easy. While I do like tending a fire, I suspect I'll end up using the MES more often than I would a wood or charcoal smoker, due to the additional convenience. Nice to join the community.