Hello All Matthew here from Arkansas I have been grilling since I was a kid, but never smoked any meat (even though my brother is a really experienced smoker, ran several BBQ restaurants). I really enjoy grilling and have competed in several steak cook-off competitions, I look forward to smoking some meat! I am currently researching some pellet smokers and have to be mindful of my budget. I have almost locked in on the Camp Chef PG24, but have looked at the Rec Tec and a couple Traegers. I am learning as I go so don't want to sink $1000 in a grill at this point. Also needing something to replace my aging charcoal grill and thought a pellet rig would serve a dual purpose. Any feed back on rigs would be greatly appreciated! I look forward to pickin the brains of you smoke heads.