I'm new to smoking and I'm still wondering what kind of smoker I'll buy. I already searched this forum and the Internet and would have few questions for you Gurus...
First, let's call it "poorman's" option... Could I simply buy an AMNS or AMNPS and use it with my BBQ grill? I want to cold and hot smoke (of course for hot smoking I would not put the AMNS over the flame...) Would that work OK or if I should just forget about that silly idea and buy a real smoker? I know it's not the perfect setting, just wondering if it works...
Second option is indeed to buy a smoker. I know I want an electric one to start. I want to put my food in it, add wood and (almost) forget about it for a while. Is there a brand I should stay away from? Budget is a little low (around 200-250), that's why I'm asking.
People here (and elsewhere) seem to like the Masterbuilt so I'm tempted to buy this one. But I'm kind of lost in the variety of models out there. What are the important features? What is a "nice-to-have" vs "must have"? (for example, analog vs digital, power (Watts), etc.) . Can I cold smoke with that? If not, guess I'll have to buy an AMNS for cold smoking? What would be your suggestion for my needs?
I know that's a lot of questions, sorry! But thank you very much for your help!!