I've been eyeing a smoker at the Costco for the past two seasons, and I finally took it home this weekend. Read reviews, pros/cons, and decided that for me an electric smoker was adequate: fit my space well, reasonable price, ease of use, etc.
I do have several thermometers (oven, instant read, and remote monitoring-type). Was surprised to find that the meat probe that came with the unit seems pretty accurate, but less surprised to find that the temperature setting is way off. Oh...it is a Landmann 40" unit. I believe this is the "GOSM" that I've seen all over the forum, just with a different parent company?
I've not been much of a meat eater for about 20 years, at times being a real vegetarian. Never a clear reason. As easy as it has become to get good quality, well-raised meat, I've started eating more of it. Since my wife and I enjoy cooking, and I in particular obsess about food, I'm looking forward to exploring what I can do with the smoker.
Also have a Weber kettle, and have for a few years. For the past several years, we've done our Thanksgiving turkey on it, and have loved it. Figure this year I'll do it in the smoker following (roughly) the "Ultimate Turkey" recipe from amazingribs.com. For the Weber, I also have a rotisserie ring and the charcoal holders that allow you to do the indirect/banked coals thing easily.
Live in Louisville, KY.
About to go sample the steelhead trout I took out of the smoker about 30 minutes ago. First item from it. About as exciting as it gets on a Sunday afternoon for me!