I am definitely a newby to Smoking and would like to get everyone's opinion on the charcoal vs electric battle. Most of the people I know have electric smokers and absolutely love them for ease of use and the ability to set the smoker in the morning, go to work, and come home to a well smoked meal! I understand the conveniece of electric smokers, but for some reason I just keep leaning towards charcoal. I have a pretty small family at this point and my wife is a white meat eater (chicken, turkey) so I don't think she will get a lot of use out of the smoker. My plan is to only use the smoker on the weekends, maybe once a month or so. It seems the process of the smoke is almost as appealing as the end result of great bbq.
Here's my dilema.......I'm not great at tinkering with things, although I do find it fun. My biggest concern is I will spend $250-300 and not be able to get any good results with charcoal. I know I could get good results with electric, but it just doesn't seem as much fun...and definitely not a challenge.
I am leaning towards the Weber 18.5 Smoker because of great reviews. Is it really as easy as the reviews say? Anything else I need to know before purchasing? I also live in Nebraska and am a bit concerned about how the Weber will perform in the middle of the winter.
Thanks for your help!