Why did I wait so long?
My old Brinkmann smoker was about 20 years old, leaky and wheezing. It was sorely in need of a new heating element -- too bad, no longer available. After shopping around on the internet, I decided on the Meco stainless steel smoker. Easy to assemble, by the way. I haven't done much with it so far since it's December in Maine, if you get my drift (ing snow and cold). But what I did -- a small piece of pork, a ham hock and some steelhead trout on separate occasions -- turned out great! I also like that it's all in one piece so easy to move around. Right now it's on winter respite in the barn, but I'm looking forward to it warming up enough, maybe in March that I can bring it out and do some serious smoking.