Well I joined SMF about 2 years ago. I smoked my first slab of ribs using indirect heat and smoke on a standard gas grill. After a few months I broke down and bought me a Brinkman 2 Door cabinet style charcoal smoker. I used the darn bottom out of that thing. I learned to smoke ribs, butts, burgers, and chicken on that thing. A neighbor that has a house across the way saw me out one day smoking the pants off of a nice boston butt with the shoulder in. I smoked it to 205 and the thing just fell apart. Made some tangy sauce and homemade cole slaw and fix him and his old lady up a nice platter of barbecue sandwiches. He came over to thank me the next day and told me that he had a Brinkman Smoke n Grill that he bought (He lives in South Carolina but has this second home in WV to visit family) and he only used it a couple of times to smoke a ham but he never uses it. He said he'd much rather give it to me and see me out using it rather than him watching it set at home. He brought it the next time in so I've been smoking on it for the last year and a half. I modified it and learned to smoke my first brisket on that baby. The thing burns okay. I turned the legs inside out and use a grill wok for a charcoal basket and I can make some great barbecue on it but it is hard to control the temp do to having no dampers for intake.
The wife gave me the green light. When we get our income tax back later this month she gave me a $1,000 spending limit to get me a real good smoker to fix some quality barbecue on that will last us years to come. She has seen how much work these cheap smokers are. You can fix good barbecue but it takes constant watch.
I'm eyeballing a Yoder Cheyenne wood smoker. I can have one delivered from allthingsbbq.com for right around $1,025. Any input or recommendations please? Anyone else have this model? Any feedback is muchly and greatly appreciated!