Hey everyone I'm new here and haven't waded through all of the posts about smokers as of yet, so forgive me as I'm sure some thoughts on this are in the forum somewhere.
My folks just gave me some money as a graduation gift (finally finished college, only took 20 years) and told me that they didn't feel comfortable buying the smoker I had on my wishlist for me. Between that and some Amazon gift cards, I have $160-$180 to go towards a new smoker. My loving wife has actually agreed to let me buy a new one since it won't cost us any of our money, but I'm now at a loss as to which way to go. I currently user a Charcoal water smoker, and have been happy with it, except I would like more space, and the ability to close the vents at the bottom if needed. (My model has 3 fairly large holes under the fire pan and doesn't allow for any adjustment.) I'm really at a loss between a CharGriller 1224 ($200), a dual fuel vertical smoker ($175ish), or an electric Char Grill ($135ish).
Any suggestions or experience you have with these or other smokers in the price range would be greatly appreciated.