Im looking into a new smoker. I currently have an MES 30 with an amnps with the mailbox mod. I've been smoking for a year and it does a great job. I am looking to get something with a little more capacity which is the main reason for the upgrade. I want to upgrade once and get something i can grow into the next couple years. What I do like is this setup is more or less and set and forget but Im not opposed to going with a system that requires a little more attention but I don't think Im ready for the commitment of a stick burner yet.
Ive looked at mainly pellet smokers but my concern is the light smoke flavor. A good product means more to me than convenience, within reason.
What are some other smokers to look at that i may be missing. Maybe not a true set and forget but still a great smoker with a lot less cook maintenance than a full on stick burner.
Whats the opinion on a vertical water smoker? Im thinking something like a backwoods.
The other option is an old hickory type pit, which is gas/wood burning smoker.
I am looking to get something that works as designed, not something i had to modify to make good BBQ