I did it!!!!
Well, I went ahead and ordered my first smoker, a CCSV. I tried to get the GOSM from HD with in-store delivery. However, even though it has a store sku, they won't let you order it. Because of shipping, the $189 GOSM from HD turned out to be only $20 less then the CCSV from Amazon.
There were 2 major factors in my decision. First was the great review Deb gave on the CCSV, Thanks Deb!!
The second was that I could not be sure that the $189 24" GOSM was the heavier model. Like wallyworld, HD has a habit of building and selling cheaper versions of stuff under the same label. With all the different versions of the GOSM, I didn't want to take the chance.
As a benefit, I signed up for the Amazon special shipping club and will have it here next day (Wed) for only $3.99. Plenty of time for me to season it and smoke something this weekend.
I realize that patience is a trait of a good smoker, but I couldn't wait,
I am very excited. Now to resist opening the door to watch it cook.
I have never smoked before. Not sure what I should try first. Definitely corn and garlic. But I am also thinking a brined chicken or some easy beef.
Wish me luck. I will post pictures when I get it all.
Thanks again for all the great advice.