Would like to smoke with electric but the more I read, the more questions I have. If y'all would be willing to shed a little light, I sure would appreciate it. My smoking will be on the casual occasional side rather than serious every weekend. That said I'm looking at a MES 30". Is that a decent starter? If no, would appreciate suggestions. If I go with the MES 30, What advantage will be gained with the digital model vs analog? How long can I expect the heating elements and control units to last? Does the window model provide smoking advantages over the non window? Now for the really dumb questions. I see references to Gen l and Gen ll models. What are they? Also what does AMNPS stand for? And last (for now) what are chips vs pellets and are they interchangeable?. Apologies for my ignorance and thanks in advance for any help. From LAMA1 in Ohio.