Another newbie here. I'm starting to consider my first serious smoker purchase, possibly next year if budget allows, so trying to figure out what I want now. To give you an idea where I'm coming from, this is what I currently use. Laugh all you want (seriously, I don't mind!), but I've been able to do well enough on it. This was smoking about a 14 lb brisket, which people around here enjoyed a lot. Then again, this is Wisconsin, but I'm from Texas and would like my standards a bit higher. Lol. So here's what I'm needing. I have a large family with my 7th kid on the way. I grill more than smoke, so I'd like something that can do both in the main compartment. The grilling ability in the fire box of offset smokers is just not enough, and my 26" Webber is now undersized. I was thinking something like this. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dyna-Gl...et-Smoker-in-Black-DGSS962CBO-D-KIT/301579506 I don't know much about the Dyna-Glo brand, other than this one is designed to grill in the main compartment from the start. I thought about a reverse flow offset, but wasn't finding any that could pull double duty like this without either being messy or taking a lot of extra work with every use. Being in Wisconsin, cold weather is obviously a concern, but I don't really smoke in the winter. We do have a tradition of grilling steaks for Christmas, so it will see winter use. My kettle does fine, so I don't think heat loss will be a huge issue for grilling. I mostly smoke ribs or brisket, but would like to try other stuff with a better smoker. Same for fuel. I'm currently a charcoal guy with wood chunks when smoking, but would like to try smoking and grilling with just wood now and then. I'm trying not to break the bank, and not opposed to doing minor modifications to improve performance. Right now I'm trying to keep around a $500 limit. I'll look at something more expensive as long as it's justifiable (I.e. Extra features or not needing any modifications). Spending over $1,000 is just not very feasible if I'm only using it to grill once a week and smoking maybe once a month.