After checking web sites the last couple of months I know you must all be tired of this question (because I see it over and over agian for each type of cooker), but I must ask it. Why buy an Egg vs. a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker or the traditional sidebox smoker? It appears that the egg has quite the small cooking area (2 ribs would cover the whole cooking area if it wasn't for the rib rack)since so much room is taken up by the egg wall thickness plus all the internal parts. Also, it appears that to really smoke food an additional part is needed to prevent direct heat hitting the meat. Does the Egg really smoke well? Have any of you find the egg to have it's limitations? I'm just trying to figure the the best for a newbie (so I don't and can't spend $1,000 that so many custom smokers cost plus shipping). I know all of you are Egg bias but do you find the egg's pluses to really outweigh it's misses?
Thanks for any help or suggestions you can offer