I am right in the middle of smoking a Brisket right now . 1:57 eastern time in beautiful North West NJ. Girl Friend is coming over to partake in what I hope will be a most excellent meal . I am digressing . What I really want to talk about is the MES electric cold smoker kit . All I can say is WOW . I put layers of broken lump charcoal ,hickory chips, Jack Daniels pellets and split hickory chunks and I am getting perfect smoke . And I mean perfect .Why is there such a bad feeling against this thing ,it works GREAT!!! Versatility is unbelievable . Set and forget it .Granted it will not do 11 hours like the AMNPS . But 5 - 6 hours is not bad . And using what ever you feel like throwing in there isn't half bad either . Got some real good music going right now, Richard Thompson The Mavericks etc .The smoker is doing everything I want it to and the weather is perfect .What more can you ask for .