Hi All After doing way too much research and reading what others had to say about there smokers, I finally made a decision to go with a Shirley 24 x 36 RF smoker.
You can see thier smokers on Face Book, or thier website.
Won't be here till the after the 3rd week in Feb 2016. That is when my shipper will be there for pick up.
Hi All I think I got "more bang for my buck", going with the Shirley. Got more cooking area, cooking chamber is 3/8 thick except for the cabinet doors. Just love the cab doors so easy!!!
Thanks All Dan
Nice looking smoker! I have cabinet doors on mine and love them! You can open them without losing all your smoke and heat. Unlike the big counterweight balanced top opening doors. When you open them they create a suction where all the heat and smoke follows the mass of the door opening. If I open my cabinet doors slowly enough I don't even disrupt the smoke flow, I can see how it travels through the smoker.
I just ordered a Yoder Cheyenne. Got tired of weighing the pros and cons of a couple of different manufacturers. The fit and finish of the Cheyenne looks great compared to some others. Also, it's plenty big for the family. Usually the most I put on the smoker is a brisket flat or 3 slabs of ribs. The Cheyenne will do a lot more than that.
Contrary to what was stated by someone earlier a food grill for the firebox is not an option, it's standard.
They now are offered with a second food shelf for the smoking box. I opted for that.
I also got the heat management plate, the probe port, and the pot warmer.
I can add a charcoal grill for the smoking box later if I want but I have a Weber kettle for grilling so I don't see the need. Plus, I haven't grilled for a couple of years. I only smoke meats.
Being in Iowa the shipping for me is $159. That sounds like a steal compared to what some other folks are paying but they're also ordering much bigger smokers than the Cheyenne.
Good luck with your Shirley!