Waiting on my MES 30 to get here in Japan, but it's going to be a long 3 weeks before it arrives to me. UPS always kills the deal with shipping ($300.00) so I decided to have it delivered parcel post. Sucks with the holidays rolling in. At least I can read up on good recipes to try and hopefully avoid the NEWB mistakes. Almost went with the Bradley, but luckily GOOGLE pointed me in the direction of this forum. Some good points made on both smokers and in the end I went with Masterbuilt.