Im a NYer that got hooked on smoking by a few Texas buddies that worked at Brinkman. They shipped me an el cheapo about 8 years ago. Since then I have moved into a Char Broil silver smoker - heavily modded (sold it), and have been using a MES 30 for 3 years now.
I want to move to a pellet smoker. Primary reasons are because I smoke all year round. Messing with fuel in winter is tough. The MES works well in the winter, but I hate messing with the chips in the dead of winter and wasnt too fond of the AMNPS. That thing was super finicky and I tried every tip I could find on here. I also want my smoke ring back. I looked at green eggs, but I dont want to mess with charcoal either. I am a tad lazy.
So, I figured a pellet smoker would be perfect. If it grills well, I will dump my propane grill as well. I am looking through all the reviews on amazon, and obviously on here. Traeger has stood out, but I am really concerned about the chinese versions being less than stellar. I have heard Yoder, and Rec Tec. I just saw the Char Griller as well. I am not afraid to drop $800 or so on this thing. I love the diamond grates vs the standard ones because I do shrimp, fish and ABTs and other smaller app type of smokes where they fall through.
Id prefer digital temp guages. Any recommendations outside of what I listed here? Pros or cons to any of these?