New here! Never had a smoker, but really want to get started.
Here is my question after reading this very lengthy thread. If price wasn't a deciding factor, would you go for the Bass Pro model with 6 racks, or the Sam's club model with 4 racks?
By the way, the Bass Pro model is now a combo package that comes with a stand and cover, so it is sort of similar to the Sam's Club version now, except for the number of racks, well and the price, but I don't care about price. I guess my thinking is that I will never use all 6 racks, but I think the option of where I place the racks I am using would be a really nice option to have. My guess is the bottom rack slot is almost useless, so that leaves 5 positions or 3 positions. I also could see myself doing some large batches of cold smoked fish near the holidays, so more racks might be nice. 95% of the time, I assume I will only be using one or maybe two racks, but I just think the option of where they go would be nice. Anyone modify their 4 rack version, or add racks?
Thanks for your input in advance everyone!
If price didn't matter, I would definitely choose the 6 racks, for exactly the reasons you stated.
I used a Gen #1 with 4 racks for 5 years, and now I have a Gen #2.5 with 6 racks, and being able to choose where I want the items came in handy already. With my Ham Smoke, I put the Ham on rack #4, and my fat drip pan on #1, for the fat to drip onto the Ham. This gave me room between the top rack & the top of the ham, to put the glaze on later in the smoke.
And yes---I would never use the bottom rack in either smoker.