Hi All. I live in Twisp, Washington, which is about an hour away from OmakDave. We raised our five kids and now have 4 grandkids, all living in Washington or Portland,OR. I have grilled some pretty good stuff (can chickens, steaks, etc), but always wanted to learn how to smoke. I just recently was able purchase a used MES 40 online. After finding this forum, I also purchased an AMNPS, and I'm building a "mailbox mod" for it. I am making my first set of ribs in it as I type. The AMNPS was a little hard to get going properly until I learned to preheat the pellets, and then 'thin blue smoke' with the mod is great. Excited to see what I can do in this....pulled pork, bacon, use different types of smoking woods (or maybe even use pistachio shells, sounds intriguing), maybe even a brisket one day.