Hey everybody - name is Joe. I usually go by CatFanInTheBathtub but 15 characters is the limit. Anyway, I had been recently wanting an electric smoker and in looking for reviews online I found this website - looks pretty cool ! and it was alot of the talk on here that led me to pull the trigger on the MES. You guys seem to like it so I figured what the heck. nobody was selling it locally here in Jacksonville so I google shopped and found it at ValleySeek for $282 shipped. I thought that was a pretty good deal, and they got it here (Fla.) from California in literally one week.....awesome ! so it came last night and I put it together and seasoned it for a few hours and today I hit the store and throw down some money on some meat. looking forward to getting lots of ideas from you pros - as I'm fairly new to smoking (though a veteran around the grill) talk to you all soon !