If you are patient, you can find a good deal on a backyard offset for well under $800. It looks like you are in the Phoenix area so you should have a good chance to find something. The trick is knowing with to look for. I have seen old school Oklahoma Joe's smokers (with the thick metal) or others for $400-$500. That would still leave you enough cash to buy a 22" WSM or build a couple UDS's.
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