Re: Vertical vs horzontalI just wanted to update everyone on my new smoker. I have cooked many chickens, several pieces of deer, and some pork loin. ALL of the food turned out really DELICIOUSl!!!! I have not had any problem yet with my "INEXPENSIVE pit!!!" The ash concern, that I had, has not been much of a problem. I may eventually need to mod the smoker, we will see!!! I am sure that the WSM is a fine smoker, but one of the reasons that I wanted to get away from the Verticle smokers is the acess to the food on the second level. When I used my ECB, everytime I lifted the lid I would loose alot of smoke and heat. My Pitmaster does not seem to loose as much heat. I feel that I am satisfied with my purchase, and will continue to enjoy using it, reguardless of the fact that it is a cheep or INEXPENSIVE smoker, as some would say!!!!!!!