Hey everyone its great to find this site. I am from the Vancouver area of BC, Canada and I am a newb to smoking, in fact I don't even have a smoker yet. I am looking at either the MES 30 or 40 windowless from Lowe's as my first smoker. Any feed back as to which would be better to start on would be appreciated. I am currently leaning towards the 30 as I don't see myself smoking any large quantity of meats at one time. I see a lot of talk about also using the a-maze-n smoker with the MES, and I think I will eventually get one, but I think I want to learn the basics first before trying too much all at once. I am looking forward to learning about making my own sausages and bacon, and food safety is a big concern of mine so any direction to a site, thread link or information on food safety relating to this with cure info, amounts and how and when to incorporate it within recipes would be most appreciated. Also any recipe ideas would be great. After deciding on a smoker and going to get it, I think my first time smoking will be a prime rib. Never had a smoked prime rib before, so I can't wait to try it. Ribs, brisket, bring it on... I'm pretty excited to give smoking a try. I value the info I have read so far on this site and I just bought Jeff's book on iBooks. Thank you everyone!!