Originally Posted by RevZiLLa
I have had charcoal and electric ECBs (el cheapo brinkman) and they both made some mighty fine Q. A friend in North Dakota wanted to get a smoker and I advised him to get something insulated because of the VERY cold temperatures up there. He got a MBES (master built electric smoker) and is very proud of his Q. He has had no problems with temperatures even in the winter at -30 degrees.
I guess YMMV, mine gives an error message if the temp is below 40 and won't fire up. In order to get around it, I have to heat the cabinet up with a blowtorch or heat gun for a few minutes in order to trick the internal thermostat. Kind of a hassle, not even sure why it is built that way, maybe they have since changed that (hopefully).
FWIW, I was very happy with the Q coming off mine until I got a COS and smoked with a clean fire, big difference!