if you really want to learn the art & learn "pit tending" this is small- easy & lasts ferever . it's idiot proof(no offense) and you will swear by it the rest of your life. http://www.oldsmokey.com/0210OS.html
go w/ the jumbo- put your coals/wood to 1 side. open the bottom flue 1/2 way & top flue 1/4-1/2 - i guarantee it. but if ya live near salt air- out of the box- replace all screws/bolts w/ stainless. i've had this thing on a boat in the gulf of mexi & the pacific ocean- it still lasted 3 years daily soaked w/ salt water,fresh, & 100% humidity. for about $39.00 ya can't beat it.