Hey all, I've been reading on here for close to 6 months, but I'd never created an account. I've always loved BBQ and the process of smoking. Many people in my family have always smoked meat, but up until 3 months ago, I'd never tried to do it myself. I decided it was time to tackle a new hobby. After reading many reviews on here, I bought the "old style" 40" stainless MES from Academy for a smokin price of $299. I read that the old style was much better than the newer version. My first smoke was a 12lb brisket about 3 months ago. It turned out very well with the knowledge I picked up here on the forum. Since then, I've done more brisket, pork loin, whole chickens, and currently as I type this, I have my first pork butt in the smoker rounding the 12 hour mark. It's currently about 184* IT. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and thanks.