Well i am about to purchase the MES 40" from Sam's. I enjoy grilling and cooking but am new to smoking. Have always wanted to get into it but never have. I am in South Dakota so we'll see how this smoker holds up during the winter. Been reading a lot on the forum the last couple days and just joined today. There is a lot of great info on here and i can't wait to get started. Any beginner tips for the MES 40" or just smoking in general? I will be doing the 5 day training as well. Thanks everyone!