New to the forum but not new to smoking. Live in Olathe, used to use an old Cookshack (one of the first ones, way before FEC) but sold it to a buddy of mine who was getting into smoking.
Currently using an old Brinkman Cimarron with a 3 digit serial number, 1/4" plate steel, not a single bolt, even the legs and shelf were welded on at the factory! Welded in a baffle plate, and 3 tuning plates, and it is a smoking machine. Turns out the best pork butt and brisket point I have ever tasted (my two favorite cuts to smoke) No need to ever upgrade. Got the smoker free from the folks next door who were throwing it away. I use Royal Oak USA hardwood lump from the WalMart down the street, I buy the big bag for $12-15. Use hickory for my pork butts and post oak for my points.
Happy, happy, happy!