Originally Posted by caseydog
This question comes up all the time on the forum. From my experience on the forum, asking the brethren what cooker to buy is like asking what car to buy on a car forum. There are so many good ones out there.
I would pick one, or maybe a couple out, and ask the brethren their experiences with those units. Find out the pros and cons of of those particular units.
Check out the suggestions on here, narrow your options, then run those options by the brethren. IMO, you will get more usable information.
I agree with Casey Dog here, everyone loves the smokers they have and they all feel their smoker is best, mainly because it suits their needs well. People are individuals and needs change from person to person like anything else.
My suggestion to you is to figure out what you need, not what you think you want.
Start by deciding what you wish to use for fuel, do you want a stick burner that may require a lot of attention, or a well insulated charcoal cooker that can burn all night on an eight pound load of lump charcoal. Consider and calculate your fuel costs then move on to other needs.
After that you can decide size, adjustable shelving, vertical or horizontal, reverse flow, and so on....
The last thing I want to do is try to persuade you to purchase something just because I like my unit. Here is the reasoning on how and why I chose my smoker that I recently purchased... How I chose my smoker
Maybe some of this selection process can help you find your needs?
Also added was to the fact was that it was a $1000.00 cheaper than another unit of similar design I was considering.
These can be purchased on a cart or with castors.