Hello, my name is George. I'm from the North Texas area. I've grilled the basics - hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, steak over charcoal. I don't care much for gas grills. I would like to start learning how to smoke a nice brisket, pork tenderloin or ribs. I've been without a grill for a couple years now and just recently started doing some searching around. The New Braunfels Hondo Classic at Academy for $199 was my first choice. Mainly because it uses charcoal, grill and smoker in one, somewhat inexpensive and appears sturdy. Found this great site and have seen some talk of the Masterbuilt 40. I had never really thought about an electric smoker. Wondering if I can get the same charcoal flavor that I love so much? I've seen this at the $299 price at both Sams and Academy. It looks like there are different/older versions of the 40? The one at academy appears stainless steel. The one at Sams is black, low to the ground and has drip tray in the front. I'm guessing these are Gen1 versions? The one on this site is listed as Gen2 and is $100 more. I'll continue to read the forums and do some more research before I buy one.