I am looking to upgrade my smoker since I have found myself really enjoying this activity so I stopped in a Grill and BBQ Specialty store to see what's available locally. I talked to the owner for a while and we got on the discussion of making BBQ in the winter. My limited experience with my cheap smoker tells me that the colder it is the harder it is to maintain a constant temperature and the amount of fuel needed goes up. The owner said good smokers can still maintain a temperature in the winter, but fuel usage will go up. He said that the BGE, which he sells, or other ceramic smokers work the best for smoking in the winter. He said a potential drawback is that ceramic smokers don't produce as nice of smoke ring as some of the other smokers he sells. My question is if this is the experience of those on here as well?