I've been wanting a smoker for a while now and have been doing some research. I don't have much smoking experience, but my dad does have a new braunfels super longhorn deluxe smoker or something like it and I have some experience using it. Only hot smoking though, never cold. If I'm going to get a smoker I want something that I can cold smoke in. Because of that I was looking at Bradley smokers, but don't want to be stuck with using their proprietary wood patties. After doing more research I discovered many people are really happy with their WSMs and I since don't need a huge smoker the 18" looks pretty good. A nice value and not huge. Is it possible to cold smoke on a WSM without much issue or is some cold smoke generator necessary to do so (if so are there any suggestions)? I also know some people use their WSM to grill, I won't be doing that, but am curious what people's experience with the capacity of the 18. About how much can fit on the 18"? Am I looking in the right direction with the WSM or is there some other smoker I should look at? Any suggestions on cold smoke generators? Also do WSMs do well sitting outside on a patio? I would get a cover for it. Thanks for your help!