Boy did i go round and round about this. At first i was looking at a rec tec, then a yoder ys640, then a cookshack PG500. I then had a epiphany. Should i really spend this much money on something i'm not totally sure i'm going to be happy with? I'm never at Q from a pellet pooper. In read some people love them but there are those that say it tasted like their food came out of the oven some say its just perfect. So i decided to get a starter unit. Lowes recently dropped the price of their char griller pellet pooper by $50 http://www.lowes.com/pd_411019-49769-9020_0__?productId=4437209bvm=bv.58187178,d.aWc . Also on top of that i got an extra 19% off (5% lowes credit card + 10% coupon (ebay) + 4% (ebates)). Also got free truck delivery. There isn't a whole lot of info out there about this unit but what ive seen people seem to really like it. Seems to be a really built nicely for the price. This will be a really nice unit to start out i think and quell some of my fears:
1. Taste - I'm used to a WSM which i absolutely love. I also have a electric which i seem to use often because of the convenience. I know the smokey flavor won't be as much as the WSM but hopefully its more than my electric smoker.
2 General Fuel Cost & Availability - Until i really start using i wont' know.
3. How much more convenient is it going to be to use than my wsm and how easy is cleanup going to be.
If the until has somewhat even temps +- 25 degrees across the grate, has a noticeable smokey flavor, and doesn't use a ton of pellets on each cook then i'll be happy.