I have a weekly meeting with friends(beer session) and recently we have been talking about those ceramic type smokers like the Primo. One friend was thinking of getting one. He said they range from 700 for a small one to 1200 for the big one. That's way too much money!! Anyway I brought up the fact that I never see these in photos of smoker competitions. He wants to use it mainly for smoking. Are these better than a barrel type wood smoker? Or any other smoker?