Not new to smoking, but, new to the cookshack. I had a masterbuilt setup with the external smoke generator. I got a SM 45, which is clearly built better. Keeps the temp up better than my old setup. Just read on here about the heat sink idea, will throw a 5 or 10 pound iron weight in next time I smoke something. Have had a decent amount of success with this unit after receiving for xmas. Was a little bit of a learning curve due to where the temp probes are supposed to be run. Since then I put them through the door as it was more conducive to removing and wrapping. After that adjustment it has gone well.
Look forward to learning and contributing.