I bought a no name propane smoker about two years ago (River Grille is the brand name on the smoker door). I opted for the stainless model because Minnesota weather is notoriously harsh on outdoor cooking equipment, especially if you're brave enough to cook outside in the winter, which I do. So I have to leave it out in the elements, unless I want to drag it through snow drifts to and from the garage, dismantle, and towel dry it after every use or snow/rainstorm.
Anyway, I was going to smoke up some butt roast last week only to find that the burner housing has rusted out of my smoker rendering it unusable. Needless to say, I was a little upset. In the past week, I've done some looking around and it doesn't seem like any mass produced propane smokers are built out of all non-corroding metal. All of the stainless ones have regular old steel in critical places that render the extra cost of the stainless body a waste. It seems to me that an enterprising company could pretty much own the under $400 dollar smoker market if they built a model out of all non rusting (or extremely corrosion resistant) metals.
I apologize for using my first post to vent, but I'm becoming a little frustrated in trying to find a propane smoker that won't rust out after two years, (short of finding a welder to custom build one). I suppose smoker manufacturers don't have much financial incentive to build a product that will never need to be replaced.
Ok, enough whining, here's my question. What is the most weatherproof smoker available that also does a good job of smoking? Any input is appreciated.