Been lurking for many moons, but just now getting settled back into life in Texas.
We were relocated out to SoCal for a couple years, so I had downsized to a WSM knock-off due to space and size restrictions.
Now we're back in Texas, and my Wife surprised me with an offset smoker for the Holiday (under the premise she get a Brisket for New Years.)
WELL... She got me a new braunfels thin walled offset "hondo" smoker, which I promptly returned, after which I couldn't make up my mind...
I have a nice 5 burner Propane grill for my grilling needs so being dual purpose isn't a must for me. I really want something that I can throw a couple brisket and ribs into, and maintain temps easily, and something that will last a while.
There's a couple options for me in the sub $400 range.
1.) Oklahoma Joe's Offset Smoker "Wild West Traditions" Smoker (16")
2.) Old Country 16" Vertical Smoker (square fire box)
What is the best choice for long (8+ hr.) semi-unattended smokes ?
Can both be used with fruit-wood splits and charcoal ?