So I am in my 2nd season of smoking and already have a MES40 w/AMNPS. I want to get a 2nd smoker and am looking at either a wood/coal burner or a pellet burner. I know very little so I am looking for some advice. On a complete side note, I am also planning to buy a grill for things like steaks.
Ok, so I have been looking at pellet smokers because I want something that burns either coal or wood. I am also considering wood/coal burners as well, but when I started smoking I had some bad experience managing heat with some bad smokers, so I am still hesitant to get into another one. So I am working on a list of smokers to consider so I can figure it out.
So I am a little confused about pellet smokers. I have been looking at the following smokers in-person or online: Yoder, Rec Tec, GMG Daniel Boone, Smoke Daddy Pellet Pro, Memphis, Louisiana. In many of these cases, they seem to be pellet grills that "can" smoke. Is this the case? What I mean is if these are really a grill that has some limited smoking capabilities? I definitely want something with a good temp control system to maintain temps. Now I am open to possibly using a pellet burner instead of a propane for grilling, but I want whatever I buy to be a good smoker. I am also wondering about how these work. I know the pellets are burned to generate heat. How is the smoke generated? Do I need an extra smoke generator or something like the AMNPS? I like the smoke flavor, but I would prefer to not have to have another device to produce smoke. That's a major reason I am looking for a 2nd smoker. My MES is great, but its electric. I want something that burns wood/coal so it can make its own smoke.
So obviously I am looking for all-around advice on pellet smokers. Any help is appreciated.