Looking for some advice. Until recently, I had a standard (natural) gas grill and a 30 inch Masterbuilt electric smoker. However, shortly after going out of warranty, the smoker's control unit gave out and, after I replaced that, some internal component died and I had to scrap it. I liked the size, ease of use and price of the electric smoker and, if I thought it was just bad luck, I would probably have just replaced it. However, my on-line search for a new reliable electric smoker has come up empty. Every brand seems to have a significant number of unhappy customers. Seems odd since it's basically just a box with a heating element and thermostat. Anyway, I'm now considering a pellet smoker. Costco has the Louisiana LG900 on sale for $499 including front shelf and cover, which seems like a great price. It feels well built and gets good reviews. My concern is whether it will adequately replace separate, dedicated units for smoking and grilling. I've read that pellet smokers produce less smoke and I'm wondering if the grilling/searing capabilities of the LG900 are comparable to my regular gas grill. I'm also thinking about ease of use. It seems easier and less expensive to plug in or turn on the gas then to deal with wood fuel. I do like the idea of saving patio space with a single unit, and, if there's not a reliable electric or natural gas smoker out there, I guess I don't have much choice, but I'd appreciate hearing your perspective. Thanks.