Long time lurker, first time poster... I have a MES that I love. I purchased it after reading reviews of it in this forum and that's how I found the forum. The amount of smoking knowledge on this forums is amazing. By reading all the tips on here I felt like a master smoker before my first smoke. Of course I came back to reality after my ribs turned out though and my pulled pork had no bark. After a few more tries I started to get the hang of it. People now request I bring pulled pork to get togethers. I want to thank everyone here for all the great tips that gave me a huge head start with smoking. I can't wait to learn more and more. Go Illini!