My apologies in advance for the long post. :-)
I'm looking to get a new smoker. My last one was a rube goldberg of two Brinkman smokers stacked like a two stage missile to get more capacity. It was tough keeping it up to temperature in cool weather so it was set in a small walled off area to help keep it warm. I used it for many years until age and salt air took its toll.
Nowadays whatever I get is preferred to be a charcoal smoker because keeping enough propane on hand for a smoker, deep fryer and gas grille is a bit much (but do-able), and I understand electric models cannot use the chunk wood I am able to get in abundance and I have no desire to chip it before use.
Reading about external firebox models and after seeing a couple of shows on TV on smoking as it seems they are highly regarded in the world of serious smokers.
The problem with the firebox types is the prices are all over the place, and since it's going to be left outdoors I need something rugged without paying a premium price for a glitzy piece of junk that won't wear well.
The stuff from char broil looks too flimsy on the little wheels and painted frame, and I read of complaints concerning rust. Not good for an outdoor fixture.
So, does anyone have recommendation on well made offset smokers or even vertical models (propane is considered but second choice) that can stand up to humid wet weather here in south Florida if well cared for. It's not moving, so wheels are not wanted or needed. It will be on a cement patio raised off the patio deck with some sort of cover over it.
Thanks for any advice y'all can offer