My new wife got me a smoker, MES 30 and a bag of Jack Daniel's, for Christmas. No past experience with smoking but I have done a fair amount of cooking. Her gEttinger me this had to do with me consuming mass quantities of jerky. So on the list to be done, is beef jerky. There were a few easy recipies I found here. I plan on doing a pork loin later as well. Do you leave your smoker outside? It would seem if it were convenient to use, it might get used more often. As it is, I have it stored down in the basement. On the other hand, my Weber grill doesn't get much use either and it'S out in the elements 27/7.