Complete newbie here in the DFW area. Do a lot of deer hunting in Mississippi (haven't found any Texas hunting buddies yet) and initially got interested in smoking for venison sausage. After spending a few hours on this site my eyes were open to the great many possibilities and I decided to jump in. With 3 kids and one more on the way, pesos are tight, so I've been scanning craigslist for a deal. I stumbled across an analog MES for $100 which wasn't really what I was looking for. The seller was pretty desperate for cash so they told me I could get it for $50. Hard for me to pass on that even if it's not perfect. I processed my own venison this year for the first time. Cut my own steaks and ground my meat. There is just something about eating a burger that came from your field to your table with nothing in between. I really enjoy the process and wouldn't mind processing a deer for someone in trade for harvesting a doe on their land. I've googled a lot of smoking questions over the past couple weeks and this site keeps showing up with the best answers. It's a great resource and I'm very appreciative. Thanks to everyone that contributes and I'll post a qview or two once I get my act together.