Originally Posted by Capn Kev
If you're looking for something within that budget that doesn't require hardly any modifications...then go with a Weber Smokey Mountain. Heck, you could get a 22.5" WSM, and a Stoker control system for around $800.
my EXACT set-up.
although, i would suggest a 2nd "something" for doing chicken for comps. the other 3 meats can be done in a single WSM 22.5 successfully fairly easily with proper planning, but all the fussing with chicken really farks things up.
and that is from experience
the stoker is an AWESOME piece of equipment, and my Q is better consistently with it than without it, but just starting out, in retrospect, i maybe should've opted for TWO WSM"S instead and then moved into a stoker later.