Hi all, My name is Marty and because I forgot about the anonymity of the internet and now you all know who I really am. Hope I don't attract loonies because of it. I don't mean all of you, smokers are loony in their own way, a good way, but their own way. As I said in the thread title, from SE MI, metro Detroit area, downriver. (No loonies here!) Have owned an ECB (now deceased), and various cheap grills. Currently grill on Weber kettle, also a Smoky Joe. My dad used to smoke his homemade sausage in a modified bakers cabinet with homemade firepit below, so I do have some idea what's going on, just real rusty. At any rate, I've been following a few of the threads for a while now and have found them very useful. I recently purchased an MES and am now rethinking my decision. Very difficult getting smoke at low temps as well as having the thermostat being way off. By my remote therm it is probably off by as much as 50 degrees. Looking into a charcoal offset, and am eagerly perusing the threads on modifications to improve the factory design. Any suggestions as to which one to buy. My financial advisor (wife) is limiting me to no more than what I paid for the MES. Looking forward to an enriching and rewarding experience here.