Fellas, been lurking for a bit and read through my 5 day subscription to the newsletter. I purchased my first smoker, a $150 Char-Broil from Walmart recently and was not impressed. The door never sealed properly (large gap allowing smoke and heat out) and I had Char-Broil ship me a new door under warranty. The new door won't even close...at all...it's not the right size. So I boxed it up and will be taking it back.
A buddy at work has done fine with a Brinkmann he purchased at Home Depot and is pointing me that direction. I've seen a few others mentioned here as well.
I've got a big party to smoke for next Sunday. I need to get a smoker soon and be ready to go. I'd like to keep it in the $200 and under range, but could be convinced to go a touch higher if it made sense. I was a little surprised not to see a review thread stickied at the top of this section of the forum, so I thought I would just ask in a new thread.
I'm open to any and all suggestions.