Hello. Name is Tom. I live in Ft. Wayne, IN. I am trying to research what the best option is to get into smoking. I have friends who use everything from an Akorn to a side smoker kit on there Char-broil. I"ve watched and read about the Masterbuilt's and others in the electric category as well. I'm thinking I want to buy an electric to start out with but they honestly seem a touch overpriced at 200+ dollars. I would like a little input on where is the best place to start with not only what to buy, but where to buy it for the best value. Any and all input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. T. D.