Thanks for the warm welcoming!
I picked up the Texas yesterday, and I ended up getting a brand new one in the box for $600 because they accidentally sold the floor model they were going to give me. Not too shabby, and I'm happy with it. They even offered to give me the Select model for the same price, but I like the look of the Texas more, and decided it was what I really want. I thought about buying it as well and selling it online, but figured it would potentially be more of a headache than it's worth. They were closing down their booth in the mall basically right after I bought it, and I got a few goodies as well.
Building the Texas was pretty easy, and I did my first smoke on it today with a few buddies. We smoked chicken breasts, chicken wings (weren't very good and were a bit rubbery), brats, and corn. A friend brought over some Lloyd's ribs, and we put them on there as well to warm them up and give some flavor. Everything turned out pretty well, overall.
I put all mesquite pellets in the hopper, and didn't really care for the flavor much. I also thought there just wasn't quite enough smoke flavor. I was using a brinkman electric smoker before this, and got wayyyy more smoke since I was adding wood all of the time to it. Anyone have any suggestions?