Nino from south east michigan.
I am fairly new to smoking. Bought a cheap barrel charcoal bar b que with side box from walmart ($150) a couple years back. Did about a dozen half chickens, and a couple slabs of ribs on it. The amount of time I had to spend monitoring it probably affects how much I have not used it since. This leeds me to look for an electric smoker.
I usually harvest 2 or 3 white tail deer per year. We grill alot of burgers, make alot of chilli, and sloppy joes. My entire family loves it.
I'd like to expand into making jerky, and sausage/salami sticks.
I also will be raising and harvesting my own chickens this year, as well as my own honey (which I hope to be able to use in smoking recipes). I would like a simple, quick and quality way to prepare these foods. If all goes well I may raise a pig next year. mmmmm.
I am seriously contemplating a smokin tex 1460 after a couple days of exhaustive internet research. Wanted to spend maximum $400 when I started, and want something large enough to cook for large groups. I have big family parties.
Looking at reviews for the cheaper smokers I figured I would outgrow them quick and end up spending initially $300 plus the $800 on the ultimate smoker I really wanted in the first place. Might as well spend it right away, and hit the ground running. That being said I can't hardly afford the size cookshack I feel I need. The size price, and quantity of quality reviews for the smokin tex make it seem like the perfect match for me. I'm even considering purchasing an extra thermostat, and element to make sure I never get stuck. ( a somewhat experienced friend suggested I not go with electric because of this possible malfunction)
Hope I didn't include to much info for the roll call section, but I will surely be posting questions in other areas soon.