Food safety Must be a smokers #1 priority!!! If you have ever had true food poisoning you will understand why we preach about this subject and why some of us may go overboard about this in some folks opinions. It's bad enough if i make myself sick. But to make my family and friends sick because i did something wrong and was to scared or proud or embarassed to ask for help or was to cheap to throw out an exspensive piece of meat is INEXCUSABLE! What may make me ill for a day or two could kill someone with a weak immune system. When i smoke i usually fill up my MES 40' . usually between $50 and $100 worth of meat depending on what i'm smoking. There is a post here somewhere where i did 50lbs+ of meat . I knew that i had done everything right but i loaded the mes w/ cold meat and my recovery time was so slow that i was worried about the 4 hr safe zone. I had allready resolved myself to the fact that i would either have to go to the oven or toss the whole batch. Luckily i reached the 140 barrier w/ about 15 min to spare. Could i have gone 5 hrs to reach 140 and been ok?? Maybe. But i won't risk my or anyone elses health on maybe. Time for me to get off my soapbox. Flame on.