In all my research, I know this is a much asked question. But I have a somewhat unique situation in that I live in Honduras and my options for a decent smoker for a newbie are limited.
I have been leaning towards a Char Griller Trio and shipping it down. I found it online for about $534 which includes a cover and when you add about $200 or so shipping it adds up quick. Not to mention ordering and shipping all the materials that I can't find here for mods.
I drove by an import store today and saw a Smoke Hollow Pro Series 4 in 1 for L11,500 HND (about $575 USD). They did not have it assembled totally correct (typical here) but I think they have one still in the box. I would still need to get all the materials to modify.
My question is, those of you with experience with one or both, what advice would you give on shipping or buying local. Is the Char Griller a better product and if so $200 better? I have plans to make my own some day but as a beginner I would like to get something and get some smokin' under my belt before I decide on style and design.
Thanks for your help.