Ok it is a great day in Houston Tx and I am seasoning my MES as I type this. It took 17 minutes to get to 275 now I am just waiting for the time to elapse so I can put some spare ribs on tomorrow. Any pointers out there on what type of chip to use i have apple hickory and cherry at my disposal right now. This is my first electric smoker looking forward to being able to keep temp set while I learn more of this smoking game. I am going to use the 3-2-1 method with a rub I have used for some time and my wife's favorite sauce. I am going to try to make a sauce this spring when things are smoking in full swing.