Originally Posted by Bludawg
IMO if it Plugs in to the wall It aint worth the money the best BBQ comes from a naturally aspirated fire. So that narrows the field to 2 the WSM and the Old Country. Now you need you ask yourself how involved do you want to be in the cooking process. If you enjoy sitting in the shade with a good book and a cooler full of brewskies and managing a "Small Hot Fire" your a Stick burner type. If you want to go off and mow the yard take care of the honeydo list and whatever else your a WSM type. All this said if you learn to cook on a stick burner it will make you a better cook over all with the ability master any pit. also note the best tasting BBQ comes off stick burners cooking will all wood.
I agree with the blue one above, and I AM a hard-core stick burner fool. That said, I'd still probably recommend the WSM on quality measure. WSM is a quality piece of equipment. I've never seen an Old Country smoker, but at $500 it's going to be tough to find a really good stick burner type, IMHO; usually you're looking at about $1000 for a small one...