I grew up using my dads custom offset smoker so I have experience smoking and grilling. Problem is we don't live close anymore so I want to get something that I can grill and smoke with. I hear people talking about Char Grillers, Brinkmann SNP's, etc. I know they are not made like a tank which is what I'm used to and they need mods to perform they way they should. I saw a Masterbuilt barrel smoker at sears which looked like it didn't need any mods (stack at grill height, gauge at grill height, ash trays is main chamber and firebox, etc.) I was wondering if anyone has ever used one, since I think they are new I havnt seen any reviews. It is made of the same style of thin steel as Char Griller and Brinkmann snp. I just cant decide which one I should start with. If I had 1k this wouldn't be an issue. I like the size of the Brinkmann but I like not having to do mods (as far as I know) of the Masterbuilt. Please help me make a decision, my B-day is next month and I plan on throwing myself a party like I always do. I grill just about every weekend on a Weber but I need a lot more space so I am looking for something that does both. Sorry I just rambled on. Here are my choices unless someone knows of something better.
Masterbuilt - http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07116303000P