New wannabe smoker from Chicagoland/NW Indiana. Was going to put off trying smoking till next year but after this past Sunday's BBQ Pitmaster marathon I have the itch like crazy. Trying to ignore my impulses is not easy! I'm looking to start small so going to just put my first smoker on my Best Buy card. I'm kind of limited to Char-Broil and Brinkman there. What I'm trying to puzzle through at the moment is if I should go with the Horizontal offset Char-Broil or the vertical smokers. I want to go charcoal and wood. I want the challenge of maintaining a low 200-225 heat, so fire maintenance will be fun for me. Any suggestions on what type of smoker to start with. I'm leaning towards the Char-Broil American Gourmet 700 Offset. Thanks!