You are in Texas and you want a Peoria? Have you seen both up close? Most PCC users I have seen use a lump base with splits or chunks for the smoke and run a guru.
What is your intended usage? Backyard for a few friends, comp use. cooking for 100 people?
Smoke Bros BBQ Springfield, IL. 2 Gateway drums, 22.5" WSM and kettle, C-G Akorn