I am an avid smoker - I had a Bradley electric smoker for several years, experimented with a Weber Bullet and picked up a Traeger in 2014. In the approximately 18 months I have owned it, I have probably smoked somewhere around 125 lbs worth of smoking pellets and at least 2-3 meals a week. I can't get of the deep smokey flavor and slightly charred outside of meats that tenderize themselves in a cloud of dense burnt wood. Mmmmm, making myself hungry. There are purists who decry electric smokers, but the brainlessness of them really appeals to me and my family's hectic schedule.
But, even with the fire and forge nature of the ,Traeger it is not completely maintenance or baby sitting free. It some times flames out and it is not particularly intelligent about getting itself restated. While it is fairl accurate, temperatures do vary, especially when it is cold outside, and I end up smelling like a campfire. Worst of all, it's cold outside and I'm a wuss for standing outside when I can be inside where it is nice and warm and there are video games.
Sometimes, you just need a little bit more brainless cooking or a bit more accuracy.
Silicon Valley Dad, who loves cars, cooking, clothes and cameras