I have had a 40" MES for 5-6 years. If you are a beginner as I was, then you may like it. Now I prefer a stick burner or my OTS. The MES is good for long low and slow cooks, but quite honestly you will not get the same flavor that you get from a stick or charcoal cooker..that's a fact. The stock MES has a max temp of 275 degrees which I have never been able to obtain. It is insulated which is a plus. I still use mine on occasion, but again I prefer my stick burner or OTS over it. There may be some mods you can add to it to help in regards to smoke. My 2 cents. Good luck!
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