I'm not actually even a rookie yet... I'm still shopping for a smoker. I had my first experience watching my nephew do an amazing 12 hour smoke of pork shoulder over Thanksgiving and I want to be able to make that kind of magic myself! He got amazing results with a webber smoker which he likes for it's portability and low cost. I'm leaning toward a primo XL. Obviously mine won't be traveling, and I like the high temp cooking options a ceramic cooker gives me. Any thoughts?