I've been waiting for the new MES to hit our local Sams club. I bought mine almost exactly a year ago and have had problems with it reaching temp the way it should. I could smoke for hours and never get above 238. Although that worked fine for most of the stuff I smoke, it didn't get where I wanted it for poultry and it didn't do what it was advertised to do so I took it back and traded it in for the new 1200 watt model. Sams was excellent with no haggle about taking it back. They even gave me credit for the last year with another 3 year warranty. Somehow I ended up with a 36 dollar credit and there was such a crowd I didn't bother askin how. She gave it to me on a gift card which I immediately used on 3 corned beef briskets for strami. I'm in the process of breaking it in right now. I'm hopin it smokes as well as it heats up. Nothin in it and no water in the pan it hit 282 in 30 minutes. So far I'm lovin it. I'll post some pics when something I can eat comes out of it.