Had a bad weekend... My homebuilt big daddy smoker burned up! Could have caught the house on fire. So I am seriously considering a traeger for safety and ease of use. I noticed however that not too many folk here seem to use them and I am wondering why? Is it mostly a cost issue? A simple lack of enuf space? The lack of ability to hang sausage (back to the space issue) or are there other big drawbacks to them. My primary smoking is smoked salmon, jerky (beef and other wild game meat) and snack sticks with my jerky cannon. I haven't really gotten to sausage yet bit I'm not ruling it out. My second priority is smoking pork (many types) and would like to get competent with ribs and brisket. All input is appreciated. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience!!