Love hearing that you're looking to jump in. My first question would be, "What are your goals?" If you like tinkering, adding wood, opening dampers, closing them, cooking indirectly, you're going to go offset. There are diff smokers with different goals.
Either way your going to have fun!
Husband, Father & Pastor. UDS, offset stick burner. Cook KCBS, & Lonestar BBQ Society.