Yes, I know I'm in the Electric Smoker forum!
First of all, I'm looking for something with better build quality than the MES I see at the big box stores. Right now, I'm liking the Smokin-it, LLC models but, Cookshack and Smokin'Tex are in there as well. Then you also have the pellet smokers like Yoder, Traegar and, Rec Tec.
It appears that for similar price points, you are getting similar quality smokers. I'm really liking what I see in the Yoder but, by the time I am ready to go it appears to be tangibly more expensive than the Smokin-It models, though the Yoder in general will have more capacity.
For a more hands off (i.e. no fire tending of a stick burner or reloading a WSM) approach to smoking, what are the pro's and con's of each? I should note that I am in East Texas so, wood chunks, splits, etc. for smoking are relative easy to get though, fruit woods in particular are few and far between. Am I crazy thinking putting a few chunks of good wood in an Electric Smoker is cheaper in the long run than fueling a pellet grill for long cooks? I should also note that I want something that will last and not be a maintenance and science project to keep running and making the good stuff.