Been grilling with webers for years and started slow smoking 3-4 years ago. Started with a barrel style with a side box but ended up using it mostly for grilling because I had trouble with uneven heat. A friend of mine gave me a Char Broil gas vertical smoker and I had pretty good luck doing pork shoulders. The thing I didn't like was you had to load it from the top. There are 2 racks and the bottom rack got much hotter than the top so I had to rotate the meat . Also if it was windy at all the flame would blow out. Picked up a new Master Craft electric smoker and I doing my 1st pork shoulder as I type. I'll find out in a couple of hours how it turns out. Hoping to do a brisket for the 1st time next weekend.