I've been following the SMF for a few weeks now and have tried a few test runs on a buddies brinkmann electric gourmet. Based on what I've read I decided to purchase a WSM and jump into this hobby with both feet. Lots of internet searches and local "errands" to find the best price and actually touch one. The wife gave her ok this morning and I found a great price online @ http://www.aimtofind.com/weber-18-5-...010-model.html Should have probably done some verification related to "aimtofind", but it's the smoker I wanted and I even got to throw in some extras all for less than the suggested retail price of all other retailers. Needless to say, I'm very excited with my new purchase and can't wait to give my own smoker a good seasoning and meat test.