I still do it the hard way, unless something comes up and I have to leave.
I would rather finish the last four HOURS in the oven than let my wife watch the fire for thirty minutes. Not that I don't trust her, but she doesn't like to cook and she isn't "firewood" inclined so the few times I have had to hand off, I came back to burnt food or a cold smoker.
All that said, I just like 100% smoke. Probably doesn't make much difference, though so anyone who wanted to bring it in halfway through a cook is just making their life easier.