All, I'm in the process of researching my first smoker and I am gravitating towards the WSM 18 or the PBC. I have been reading everything I could on those two, and I am trying to list the advantages the two models have on each others. I would probably buy from Amazon or direct, so the prices are the same (both are $300 on Amazon). So both have the same price, both make (apparently) very good food, both have 5 star review on Amazon, with plenty of satisfied users. We're a family of 3, and we already have a Weber Summit gas grill, so I'm really looking for a good smoker. Please review my list below and tell me what I'm missing if any. Advantage to PBC: - No need to season - No learning curve - Higher max capacity when using the hooks - No need for add ons - No need to fiddle - 100% US made Advantage to WSM 18: - Huge community of users & 3rd party providers - More flexible temperature range - Two layers of grates - More flexible humidity control (water pan) Thank you for your comments!