Hi Dan - can't thank you enough for replying to my thread. Your brisket is one of the best if not THE best I've had - but bear in mind I am but a city boy.
I still have another 1/2 lb of brisket reserved at your place so you will be seeing me in the restaurant some time in the next few weeks.
I've decided that I'm not going to bother with a gas or pellet smoker. I think I'm going to purchase a WSM or the Napoleon Apollo smoker. I imagine I should be able to produce a decent packer brisket with that? I watched all of Aaron Franklin's videos and he uses an offset smoker - but I've read that those are not so great (at least one in the price range of a WSM).
One final question for you Dan - do you have any recommendations of where to buy a good quality packer retail in the NYC area? Is it overkill to buy this from a place like Lobels?
I will post back here after my next brisket attempt. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed here.