I've started my research into the next smoker I want to purchase as I recently gifted my smoker to a good friend. The smoker I was using was a Master Forge vertical smoker/grill that I purchased from lowes for $59 a few months back. I did a few upgrades and after a bit of trial and error I was able to kick out some pretty good ribs and wings reliably. Now I am looking for something that will allow me to facilitate a little larger cookout.
I am leaning towards a charcoal based offset smoker and am looking to spend in the $200 - $300 range. I've identified the Char-Griller Smokin' Pro and the Brinkmann Trailmaster as likely candidates but haven't ruled out a WSM or something similar at this point. My only concern with the WSM would be the volume of meat that can be smoked in one session. Could someone kindly talk me thru the advantages/disadvantages of using a vertical unit vs. an offset unit??
Obviously the food isn't cooked directly over the heat source on the offset unit but I can see one having issues getting uniform heat distribution in a design such as this. I'd love to hear everyones thoughts.
Thanks in advance!