I can't remember which forum thread I originally posted to asking what smoker I should get to meet my needs. The overwhelming response was the Weber smokey mountain. I would like to thank everyone who responded because I absolutely LOVE it! In February I ordered the 18.5". It came late in the afternoon the day before I was flying to Tucson, Az. to visit family and get away from the cold here in Springfield, MO. Of course like a child on Christmas morning I had to take it out and play with it! The night before I left I set it up in the back yard. The temperature was 20 degrees, there was snow on the ground and the wind was howling! The wind chill was in the single digits but that didn't seem to matter with my new Weber. I put 2 racks of ribs on the lower rack, since I don't have a rib rack I just stood them on end and put a skewer through the ends. On the top rack I put a pork tenderloin roast and a few uncooked frozen chicken wings that didn't get cooked on super bowl sunday. Even with the wind I was able to control the temp. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new Weber! Thank You!!!