OK so since we moved back to SA 4 years ago, I have been smokeless (without a smoker) and have been using the built in gas grill for everything. It works like a champ, but requires a lot of TLC to keep the wood chips going. Not to mention the clean up is tedious. About a year ago, i friend of mine from Toronto was in town and we were talking about bbq. He talked about his Traeger Smoker with a lot of enthusiasm. I was interested, but alos thought, "What does this Canuck know about smoking brisket?" So fast forward to last week. I am talking to a vendor who lives in Central Texas and participates in 3-4 competition bbq events each year. He wins about half of them. We were talking about plans for father's day weekend and he mentioned that his wife was cooking pork butts on the Traeger Smoker on the back porch. I was a bit surprised, but he told me for the convenience and ease of the smoker, it is well worth the investment. He still uses his big rig for the events, but at the house the Traeger is all they use. So I was wondering, who on here owns a Traeger and what are your thoughts on them?