Have been lurking for awhile, I have done the soldering iron / tin can method for smoking cheese, and then stepped up to the AMPS 5x8 placed in a Little Chief smoker cabinet... works great for smoked cheese by the way. I would like to try for more quantity, and try my hand at various meats. The MES 30 will be enough for my needs capacity wise. I missed out on the holiday sales, but found this in my email today for $135 delivered: EDIT: Saw that outside links are not allowed - it is at Gander Mountain. From searching here, this is the Gen 1, and seems to be a reasonable price. It has the older electronics panel, not the current rounded version. Gander Mountain can not confirm the Masterbuilt stock number, so I have a few questions. Can I place my AMNPS in the bottom next to the element as others have done? Does this unit have the 800 or 1200 watt element, and is the element replaceable? Am I missing anything? I am about to hit the buy button... Marty Another edit: Finally got through to their customer service. It is the #200770910. Seems to about the same price as Black Friday, and was a popular item here at that price. They have 15 in stock, soon to be 14. Will post a photo when it arrives.