Oh, man. I am so totally lost here. I just ordered a Masterbuilt 30" with window and remote. It's stainless steel front was something I didn't really want, but the black-front one didn't have the meat temperature probe, which I did want. So, I'm waiting for it to arrive next week. I got it from Sears for $289.99 (plus tax) with free delivery. I did some shopping around and, with shipping included, that seemed like a pretty fair price. I put it on my Sears card and they gave me 12 months with no interest, so that helped make my decision, too.
And now I'm in the process of trying to learn everything I can about it. Some of these posts have been very informative. I didn't know the right side was hotter. I didn't know there seems to be an inherent issue with the thermostat maintaining correct temp. I also ordered a cover for it from Amazon for $24.97 with free shipping. I have read that some people take the electronic guage off in the winter. Not sure how to do that, but I'm thinking I'll just leave it and that way I can still smoke stuff during the winter months. I can always wheel it into the garage if we're expecting a big snowstorm. So much to figure out. But I'm really looking forward to my first smoke fest.
One thing that has kind of thrown me is the mention of smoking cheeses. I thought they would melt in a smoker. I need to learn more about that aspect.