I have decided to get a smoker. I am leaning towards a Weber Smokey Mountain. It will be my first. I live near Raleigh NC and have a Weber grill that I have used for the last ten years. That is one of the reasons I am leaning towards the the Weber. I would welcome some input from anybody if I should buy something else. I really do not want to spend more than $450.00 on this and do NOT want an electric. I hope to make my decision in the next two weeks. I barbeque a lot about four times a week.