Stranger and newbie here - so please don't stomp me too bad.
Experience includes, but not limited to ..anicient history with charcoal but mostly the last 10+ with gas grills and using smoke from a bag (soaked wood chips in foil packs)
Decision time - I want a new or better way of smoking some meats and making my own sausages and processing some of my own venison, turkey, and hopefully some hogs.
Choices or options -
1. pellet smoker - really like these units and would be probably the easiest method of getting into more smoking. .
2. charcoal - nah..not really where I want to go now
3. wood smoking - even though there are many products out there, I do enjoy all the 'monitoring' needing to be done, but don't really want to devote 'most' of my time into getting/storing/monitoring the cooking process.
4. keep doing what I'm doing - and add a better method of smoking by adding/replacing the 'smoker bags' with the a-maze-n-tube products. I've been reading a lot about different smokers and grills, and even though a lot of them do 'a lot' this seems like a pretty good and inexpensive additional item to have as it would allow me to 'cold smoke' some items and even 'pour' the smoke to some items that I want more smoke on.
So, the questions and thoughts comes down to this -
should I keep doing what I'm doing - and add the a-maze-n products to my environment? with this solution I have no additional costs associated with another grill/smoker and don't loose any more floor space on my patio. I probably would do more smoking whether it's bacon, sausages, or even cheeses by adding the a-maze-n products and since my 'commercial' 4-burner grill is still working fine - I save a pretty $$ right now.
should I buy a smoker/grill ?
I've been looking and reading a lot of forums around the net and even though there are some really good products, and would love to buy American - the choices are limited. I don't know how much I'd enjoy the 'box' units and the 'specialty' units like the Yoder and Rec Tec are really expensive for a 'starter' unit.
Even though I almost bought a Traeger last fall, If I purchase now, and because there's a $100 rebate going on - I think the best bet might be the Green Mountain Grills. It seems to have a higher range of temp adjustments than other grills and not have issues like 'weak' casters, etc.