I just got my Lang 36" smoker delivered to my door. The smoker got loose on the trailer and fell over tearing off the top of the rain guard. The delivery guy said he would replace the smoker - I told him to just send me another rain cover. I do not need one as I have a very large garage.
Anyway this thing weighs 608 pounds and the stability of the heat is amazing. I had built a reverse flow years ago using a char broil I bought and by adding a 1/2" piece of cold rolled steel to seperate the grill and smoke and replacing the chimney to the bottom of the grill making a copy of the Klose grill. Klose is a very good smoker but IMHO Lang is better because it weighs twice as much for the same money. Lang also has been around for 10 years than Klose so that is where Klose got their design.
Smoked a couple of briskets and they were fantastic. I make my own dry rub using a lot of spices I buy from Pendry's of Ft. Worth. They have the absolute best selection of all kinds of peppers including ground and whole and have been in business for over 100 years. If you like capsaicin - this is the place to get it.
You will get lots of grease when you smoke brisket - check out the size of that valve - it is large and a gate valve - would have been much cheaper to go with a ball valve but the grease would stick a ball valve and it would not operate. If you like to make your own gravy - use that grease - nothing better.
Am going to smoke a ham for Thanksgiving - turkey is way too dry for me. Intend to try a goose - probably for Christmas - kind of pricey though but goose is wonderful.
I smoke with oak and have an excellent source - got a face cord for $100. Am installing a wood burning stove in a couple of weeks - I have a fireplace but below 38F even with outside combustion air - it is at best a break even proposition. If you are in the market for a wood burning stove, get the heaviest you can find and get a non catalytic one - a fouled catalyst is pricey to replace and the good stoves achieve relatively the same results with their design.