Q: How often am I going to use it?
A: Surely not often enough, but probably a lot at first and then about a dozen times a year. Hopefully more, but that is realistic.
Q: What do I want to smoke?
A: Brisket, chicken, jerky, salmon, ribs and maybe a turkey
Q: How much am I going to smoke at a time?
A: often just for 5, but sometimes enough enough for 15 people
Q: How good is good enough?
A: while I won't be entering competitions anytime soon (joke), I'd like the chance to make pretty darn good food. I want something that gives enough/ plenty of good, tasty smoke.
Q: How much do I want to babysit?
A: Not at all. I'd like to let it go all night or be free to leave the house for hours at a time.
Q: How much do I want to spend?
A: Preferably under $1,000, but would spend a few hundred more if it made sense