Super-newbie here to learn about smoking. My boyfriend is the oven-baked rib expert in the family, I'm the griller. I feel like we could really take things to the next level by learning to smoke.
My grill is a little Charbroil Patio Bistro electric grill, and I love that thing to death. I just want it to work when I want to grill. No more can't start, it's too cold for propane, just started, ran out of propane, can't get flames, clogged with grease- I'd had it. After struggling with a Weber propane grill for years I bought the new electric grill, put the old propane grill out at the end of my driveway, a guy stopped within five minutes and I ran out to tell him it worked, I just hated it, and off it went. That was three years ago.
I'm pretty into gadgets, and started off with a remote meat thermometer, which was okay, (of course I can also tell by touch- but as I said- I love gadgets) but when it died after a couple seasons I replaced it with an iGrill thermometer. I've been having a good time with that, especially with my specialty, raspberry-glazed pork tenderloin. I use it more for fun; I'm not dependent on it.
So- the hunt for the right smoker is on. Somewhat limited budget, and I need to save up a little. I've done a lot of reading already, enough to know that I'm not going to get away with electric. Since I despise propane, that leaves charcoal. I'm slightly intimidated, but I can read and follow directions and I'm not afraid to dive right in and experiment. I'm thinking the 18.5 WSM might be a good place to start.
I plan on doing the e-course this week!