Hey gang, I'm new to smoking but really excited to start cranking out some good food. I've grilled for years and decided to take it up a notch and try the smoker side of things. I purchased a MES 40 after doing about 6 weeks of research on this site and others and plan to break it in this weekend. Big thank you to Bear for his easy to follow step by step instructions, thanks to him I'll be tackling ribs and brisket this weekend. Love University of TN football & motorcycling (blessed to live in an area with some of the most awesome Motorcycle roads in America) Army Vet (Infantry) 86-94 3rd ID and 2nd AD plus (49AD NG) You guys take care and keep smoking Steve Powell, TN Go Big Orange!