Where to even begin... I just joined the forum with the intent to get some great feedback and help on buying or building a new smoker. In the last year my interest has moved from eating BBQ to making it. I have grilled for several years and feel like I know my way around that way of cooking pretty well. The only experience I have smoking meat is having set up my charcoal grill using the indirect 2-zone method, with a water/drip pan, and a foil shield between the fire and cooking area. I need help in determining which way to go for a budget friendly charcoal smoker that offers consistent temp control and ease of use. I've researched some, and it appears that when operating on a lower budget, the better choices are vertical smokers. I love the idea of the UDS system like Big Poppa's kit for about $150. I'm not opposed to spending some time assembling one. I'd love some feedback from some seasoned BBQ vets on what route to take and most budget friendly options.