Big hello from Wisconsin! First post here and wanted to get an opinion on a first smoker. I have been BBQing on a charcoal Weber forever now and made some fantastic meals but wanted to get more into smoking. I have searched the market over and read all sorts of reviews on every type of smoker imaginable but decided since I was not sure I would enjoy or have the patience for long haul smokin' I decided to get a Kingsford Water Smoker for $40 from good ol' Walmart. The reviews honestly didn't look awful but I am starting to second guess my decision. I am yet to fire it up (this weekend will be a test run) but wondered if anyone had any experiences with this budget rig.
My main concern is that it wont go well (its an open bottom smoker, like the charcoal pan is literally exposed to the ground below) and I will get upset and toss it in the garbage. Is there any hope for this smoker or am I better off forking out the money for a more quality setup?
(you get what you pay for is what I am expecting)