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In Reply to: Smoker advice posted by Chris Michigan on June 24, 2012 at 18:17:51:
If it were me, I'd buy a Weber Smokey Mountain. I've had mine since 2001 and it still works perfectly. I can cook all day (or night) at 225 degrees without worrying. I've even put my brisket on at midnight and slept through the night with no issues. The WSM was still cooking consistently at 225 the next morning.
Fire control is the key. Start with a small fire and let it build to the point you want it rather than building a bigger fire and trying to choke it down. If you haven't read about the Minion Method, it's worth a read.
The WSM might be more money than you were thinking of spending, but it's an investment that will pay you back in well cooked bbq and hours of enjoyment many times plus it's purchase price.
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