While my smoking experience isn't vast, I did have an old Masterbuilt propane vertical smoker for a fews years. After flames burned through the gas line twice, I decided to use charcoal as a heat source for a couple of years instead of the propane flame thrower. Unfortunately, that unit has seen better days and it's now officially retired.
On Sunday, I ordered a Masterbuilt Electric New Gen 40" without doing a whole lot of research. Normally, I research stuff like this for weeks, but it makes my wife crazy when I do that. As a "favor" to her, I just pulled out the debit card and got it over as quickly as possible. Anyway, the price was good on Amazon; I hope I don't get a lemon.
Earlier today, I spent a little time getting familiar with the forums and I'm pretty sure I can learn a lot from this group. I was also surprised to see we also have a few home brewers in the crowd. Brewing/grilling/smoking will definitely take up a good part of my summer. I hope my wife can handle the yard work.