I live in stl as well. I typically scan Craig's list for a guy that has oak and hickory split and delivers. You should find many...
Regarding the cooker....I spent a year researching which to get. I went back and forth between a 48 lang and a yoder whichita. I got the whichita and could not be happier.
If I was going to do it all over again...I would have gotten a larger unit, but probably would have only utilized the extra space once a year to do a whole pig.