Hi, I have been grilling with charcoal/propane for several years now. Anything from ribs and steaks to chicken, pork and fish. (even the odd vegetables at times) I have borrowed my friends smoker several times, and assisted many more with brisket, and turkey smoking. I picked up a masterbuild electric smoker this weekend at Sams club for $299. It is much bigger than the $199 unit sold elsewhere and has all the latest updates to fix prior models defects. Im sure an electric smoker may offend the sensibilities of the purist and/or the afficianado. I have 3 kids, 2 under 2 and I just do not have the time to babysit temperature sensitive smoke sessions and pull all nighters like I used to. Plus electric smoking appeals to the tired/lazy in me after a day with all 3 of the kids! Hopefully we will get some decent results, first run is tomorrow night after tonights "seasoning" wish me luck!