Originally Posted by Big Tom
The Backwoods and Spicewine will have many experienced users that will brag of similar or better operation. Those brands are designed as water smokers, they can operate without water, but will requre more practice and baby sitting to maintain constant temperature.
I disagree that it requires more practice/babysitting without water to maintain temps in a Spicebox. I actually believe it is easier as you don't need to factor in the change in temps that can arise as the water in the pan evaporates over time (same principle in a WSM etc).
Best bet is to call each of the mfgs and talk to them and get their opinions (hopefully unbiased).
I know Jay and his team at Spicewine do an incredible job.
Lonestar 24" Vertical offset w/ Insulated Firebox & Performer Platinum
Former owner: Jambo Backyard, Klose BYC, Med. Spicewine, Pitts & Spitts, XL & (2) Med. BGE's, 22" WSM & (2) 18" WSM's, 18" & 22" Weber Kettles