I want to get back into smoking. I used a standard wood years ago and want to start again. I've looked at a lot of reviews and info on this site (a wealth of info!) and here's what I have so far: 1. I'm looking for something around $500. 2. I prefer electric for less interaction and longer smoke times. 3. I live in the north and want to smoke in the winter (months below freezing). 4. Normally I'll be smoking for a small group. I don't need anything huge however it wouldn't hurt. 5. I would prefer it being mobile (ie wheels/weight). 6. I may get a cover and leave it outside. Can it stand up to the elements? 7. I would smoke pretty much everything (meat, turkey, fish, etc.). I've narrowed it down to three smokers so far: 1. MES 40 ($300) 30+ pounds per load Stainless door; everything else plastic Digital w/ RF remote and probe Internal light 4 Racks Wheels/Handle 1200W Element 65 Pounds Chips load in side Pros: Best bang for the buck. Most tech included. Highest rated element and lightest unit (this is a pro and con). Side load chips help maintain temp. Cons: After adding AMNPS and door mod it is priced closer to Smoking-It and Tex. I'm not sure about quality and longevity. 2. Smoking-It #2 ($429) 35 pounds per load 18 Gauge full stainless Analog controls 4 Racks Wheels 700W Element 79 Pounds Chips load in main door Pros: Good overall price; seems comparable to Tex. The door has two latches. Seems very well built and great reviews. Cons: Analog controls, would need to add any tech if needed. 3. Smoking Tex 1400 ($539) 38 Pounds per load Full stainless Analog controls 3 Racks (can support 5) Wheels 700W Element 93 Pounds Chips load in main door Pros: Very good reviews, seems like the best built smoker in the group. Cons: Expensive, analog, and heavy. Can anyone speak to the three options above? Should I look at any other models/brands? Are there any additional costs or add-ons I need if I buy one of the smokers above? I'm really stuck on which one to go with. I was leaning towards MES 30/40 but I want it to last and may just cover it and leave it outside. I'm also concerned about failures for the unit with all of the tech. I really like the Tex but that is the most expensive. The Smoking-It looks like it is a Tex clone and may be the best compromise. Thanks everyone!