Hi, all! Though technically a "newbie" to smoking, I've got about a year of experience under my belt now, and have found that there's actually money to be saved with a smoker!
This fall, our sewer got clogged by roots in the pipes, and we had to call in a plumber (on a Sunday) to run a snake through. In this area, the cheapest we could find was asking $300 (I know that's gonna seem outrageous in some areas, but yeah, that's as cheap as it gets here).
Just happens we had the smoker going that day, and the smell was permeating the neighborhood. My wife suggested bartering with the guy, so I asked if he'd be interested. I had 4 smoked pork picnics from the previous day vacuum sealed and sitting in the freezer. (We were stocking up to have plenty of smoked meatage to get us through the winter).
Long story short, he knocked off $100 from the cost of the the rooting for a single smoked/frozen pork picnic! I'd gotten them on sale, so between meat and charcoal, it cost me maybe $12!
The smell of a smoker is a powerful thing.