Did you read this recent thread?
I am not trying to bash Pitmaker here. But, I have never seen that much discussion regarding issues with a Backwoods. Yes I own a BWS, but I also looked at Pitmakers. I then visited a couple of BBQ competitions and found many BWS being used but no Pitmakers (at least at the comps I went to).
Read the link above and also search for BWS issues. I think you will be able to make an informed decision.
Forgot to add: WHO DAT from a former Louisianian.