I'm EXACTLY in the same boat looking for an entry level pellet pooper. Thus far,I've been leaning toward the GMG Jim Bowie just based on reviews I've read. I like the look of the Rec Tec but it doesn't have a cover made for it and that bothers me. In fact, it lacks accessories all together. I want something I can cook at home with as well as comps, so space is another thing I've been looking at. My two cents.