So with many looks and many models and withing my price range I have decided to get the MES 30 (109). While I await my shipment I would like to know so user friendly tips. The first four items I would like to smoke are 1) ribs 2) chicken w/apple wood 3) boston butt for pork bbq and 4) jerky. I have heard that some had a bad run on their first try with many of these - partly to over smoking or them being over done. So I am asking you long-time experts and those that have had a MES 30 for some time for help. Also..can you leave this unit outside in the winter? What about smoking in your garage in the rain (smell). Any useful tips and ideas would be greatly appreciated and please welcome me to the next Newbie. Thank you for all of your help!