My name is Ron and I'm from Gilbert AZ. I've been grilling all my life and have been smoking for about 10 years. Started out on a Brinkman Bullet smoker. Hated managing the cook, but loved the food. Since then I've purchased a couple of propane water smokers, the latest being a Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24. I really like the quantity of food I can do, I'd still like better temp control and smoke control. Recently tried the A-MAZE-N pellet smoker to run in the Smoke Vault with pretty decent results. It's the 5x8 and while it didn't last 10-12 hours, it did give me consistent smoke so I didn't have to open the doors just to add wood chunks.
My new plan is to either go with something like a Fast Eddy Cookshack PG500 pellet grill, or go with something like a Stumps Junior (gravity fed) or Stumpster XL (variable burn). Mixon's stuff looks interesting too, but pricing seems high and likely because of his name.
I like the idea of the pellet grill/smoker in that you just load up the hopper with your flavor of pellets, then set it and forget it (so to speak), but my experience after using a GMG Daniel Boone matches much of what I've seen in reviews about pellet grills in general. Not a lot of smoke flavor. Hence I'm looking at other options such as the variable burn or gravity fed smokers. You can add a BBQ Guru to them for control, get long efficient burns from your fuel, and get great smoke flavor.
One other more traditional product I've been researching with a newer tech twist is the Good One Marshall. While it's not insulated, it's heavily built and it gives you a lot of space to smoke in. It appears to give you great temp control, decent burn time, and direct grilling capability. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as though you can use a BBQ Guru on it though. I can also purchase it locally from a reputable dealer.
I joined the Forum to continue my research into cookers, some of the tools to use with them, recipes, and general discussion.
I'm looking forward to it.