When i started looking into buying a smoker i had never cooked that way before, I got a lot of opinions from many different people. Some people are really adament about cooking traditionally with a side burner and others are not. I almost went with a traditional side burner but decided on propane. That was the right decision for me. Let me tell you why.
I know there are many different opinions on this, so I will explain why I think this is the best smoker for the average person. First off this is very easy to use, you just hook up your propane, put in wood chips, fill up the water pan, and your off and running. The ease of use really allowed me to develop the flavors that i cook with without having to tend the fire. Also the up front investment is low as this smoker runs around $210 on Amazon. I have some friends that got traditional smokers and I have noticed that i cook with it a lot more than they do, just because its easier.
This smoker is equally great for cooking a chicken for 4-5 hours as it is for a Brisket at 12-13 hours smoke. There is nothing better than being able to throw on brisket in the evening go to sleep for a few hours and not have to worry about the fire going out. I will alway get yup every 3-4 hours check the water and the wood box, but it really makes for ease of use.
So, if you want to learn to smoke meat this is a great place to start. It will get you hooked into the flavors that you can produce, and make you want to smoke all the time. I have had mine now for about 3 years and love it. If you have any questions or comments please leave them, and I will do my best to answer them.