So it sounds like my best options are either a coal/wood burner with an ATC or a Pellet burner with ATC builtin.
So if I bought an ATC, which ones would be a good choice? It doesnt have to be the absolute cheapest, but something reliable and quality.
@FWIsmoker: What is KB?
@themule69: What is BEG? Did you mean Big Green Egg? If so, that was actually the first smoker I wanted, but decided against it because of a few factors. First, I was scared that it would break, so even moving it a little bit would make me nervous. I also did not like that the fire area could not be dealt with easily without removing the food. I also noticed that there are a ton of accessories and all of them are very pricey.
For pellet smokers, are there any suggestions on those? Are there drawbacks to pellet smokers?