I'll type a more detailed answer when I can do it with more than two thumbs. Until then, we started out on pellets and I will always be a pellet head. I heard a rumor that Jamie was to stop building his sexy pits back in '04, so I had Johnny talk him into building me one. It took a year. That pit sat in the garage except for Sundays for two years. Finally, when fuel prices spiked in the summer of '07 and I paid $4.99 per gallon to fill up in the Pennsylvania turnpike on the way to DC to compete, pulling our parachute of a trailer with two FE-100's mounted on the deck, I decided I should give the little stick burner a shot. First time out, we won the contest. That's when I knew that good barbecue could be cooked on anything you learn. Same recipes, time adjustment, great results.
Oh, and there is this . . . . no pellet cooker has ever been the KCBS team of the year.
I tell those that ask this, a pellet pit is like a perimeter weighted iron (golf club), it helps you correct your shots that aren't struck perfect. A stick burner is more like an old school blade. You can do more with it to shape the product that comes off of one, but it's a little harder to manage.
If I do everything half ass, how can I be a "full fledged" anything?