Hi! This is my first post and first time with an electric smoker. I was using a vertical gas smoker prior to going electric. I had enough of the vertical smoker. I had lots of manufacturing issues with it. On to the MES. I wanted something that I could almost set and forget. After lots of research, I picked the MES 40 2.5 gen model that was at the local Sams. Yes, I got the warranty! I didn't want to deal with adding chips all the time either.I ended up purchasing the A-MAZE-N smoker. I would like to put a big thanks to Todd. I got 7 pounds of pit master choice and 2 pounds of apple pellets. http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151113_161949.jpeg All together http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151114_184612.jpeg I did the season break in per instructions To keep the tray up a few inches, I purchased a 8X8 basket from the local box store. I believe it was made by Weber. I've attached a picture to show you how it sits. The basket has lots of slots and raised the tray up 2 inches. Don't mind the ribs http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151121_105055.jpeg Getting the pellets cherry red. Torch for about 45 secs and let burn for about 10 minutes. There is a learning curve. A little wind would blow the fire out. Nothing but a little blow to get the flame back up. I pulled the chip tray out about and inch and the chip loader about 2ish inches. http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151121_103532.jpeg Now the ribs.. http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151121_160647.jpeg http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u197/voyles36/Mobile Uploads/20151121_162408.jpeg After using the 2-2-1 and 2.5-1.5-1 methods a handful of times, I think I might try a no foil method. I would like to get a rougher texture. When I smoked on my gas infrared grill, I was able to get the texture my family liked. I have noticed a couple things with the MES. 1. The built in therm is about 20 degrees hotter than the one I used. I put mine on the second rack. 2. I'm getting about 35ish feet away with the bluetooth through one wall.