I am a WSM man, but after seeing the write ups here (look for jmselters) I am convinced the Akorm is the way to start, unless you a looking for just a smoker.
I was with the others who would think that if you had to get just one, the big green egg would be the way to go and after considering the cost of a smoker plus a charcoal grill. The Akorn's prices makes that decision a no brainer.
If you are looking for a smoker, then by all means, get the WSM. But if you want to do grilling and smoking, then get the Akorn.
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Weber 22 Kettle
Brinkman Vertical Charcoal (out on loan)
Weber Q 200
Weber Summit Series Gasser
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