Hello all, new guy here. Im from chilly Maine. I have been smoking for some time now with charcoal smokers and grills. I have finally made the switch to an MES 40. Great temp control, smoke control not so good. I now have the AMNPS, thanks to all the raves I have read about on this forum. Smoking pellets are hard to come buy in this neck of the woods, so I tried some chips in the AMNPS, the worked ok, and would be fine in a pinch, but yesterday I remembered seeing a pellet grill in a hardware store in a small town I used to live in about 20 miles away, so I headed over there, and sure enough, smoking pellets on the shelf!! So I am now trying my first smoke with the Trager pellets in my AMNPS doing two (first time) fatties. Hoping they come out good. I like a nice heavy smoke, I figure if I'm going to put in the time and effort, it better taste of smoke!!! Since wifey got me the MES 40 as a b-day gift I have smoked some Carp for carp pate. I know many of you think carp sounds gross, but I have not met anyone yet who doesn't like it once they try it, and I could name off about a dozen fellas who would fight you for the last bite. Also did a ham, still eating off that, was a big one. Did some chedar, and had to replenish my smoked salt supply, did a few kielbasa and had smoked choppers for supper last night. I'm loving this MES electric, though I have to admit, I kinda miss that little extra something the charcoal gave. It was a cheap wallyworld special cabinet style and is rusting out on the bottom. I got a few years out of it though, and for what I paid for, it I quite pleased with its performance. Prior to that, I was smoking in a cheap charcoal grill. PITA but got the job done. I'm finding I'm quite fond of the great temp control I get now with my MES and now with the AMNPS and some pellets, I'll be doing alot of smoking again. Thanks to all buy the way, for all your experiences and wisdom on this forum. It has been helpful when searching for some answers. I hope to pay it forward someday, maybe I could help someone in the future.