I want to thank everyone that has helped me out over the last few days--you have given me a lot to think about. It seems that many of you recommend the Lang RF smokers which is what I tend to be leaning towards as of right now. Problem is, every time I think I have figured out what I want I get new information that makes me rethink my decision. I realize whatever smoker I get I will probably be happy with once I learn the intricacies, but it's a pretty big investment so I want to set myself up for success.
Anyway, my question is this (keep in mind I am brand new at this and have never used a wood smoker): money aside, do most of you still prefer an RF smoker or would you go with a Jambo Pit? From some reviews I've been reading Jambo makes a pretty nice smoker for a direct heat unit--and he claims he doesn't have hot spots (except for immediately adjacent to the firebox. I live in Arizona (not a lot of trees around) and I'm just wondering if the insulated firebox will significantly alter how much fuel I need to be burning through.
Also, for those of you who still prefer the RF models does anyone have any experience with Meadow Creek smokers? They look really nice from what I've seen, I'm just unsure of why they are twice as expensive as anything else (or if they are worth the additional money).
Lastly, if anyone else has any ideas of other nice smokers I may want to consider, feel free to let me know what they are and why you like them. I've already done a ton of research about a number of them, but I change my mind about every couple of hours, so feel free to confuse me more.