I've been given permision by the warden, um accountant to buy a new smoker once we buy our new house (this could be awhile due to having to sell the one we're in), and I've been researching the BGE's. I think, there are several smokers out there that would be great purchases (Stumps, BGE, Lang, etc), but each seem to have their own nich or special use. IMO, the BGE does it all. It can go from 180 to 900 or higher and if you get the biggest one, it has plenty of room for a large (backyard) cook. People have won contests using them, they're pretty durable, and are somewhat portable. Now, I've already got a decent grill, and I love my GOSM, but who doesn't want another grill/bbq. In my research, for my own use, I've got it down to the XL BGE and a Stumps type. Now if I could just sell my house!!!