I have a Mak 2 star general.
MAK GRILLS, manufacturer of superior wood pellet BBQ grills/smokers – American made pellet grills and pellet smokers for the backyard BBQ and competition BBQ teams looking for ultimate control in a pellet cooker.
Just got it last spring and have used the hell out of it. I ordered the cold smoke box and have cured and smoked my own bacon. Done a few batches of jerky that was great.
It's a little more expensive, but the quality is worth it in my opinion.
Here is another link that you may want to take a look at and read up on the different makes.
Pellet Smokers And Grills: Buying Guide, Ratings, And Reviews
Here is a pellet smoking forum.
And if you have any questions, give this place a call. He will ask a lot of questions regarding what you want to do, and will make a recommendation. He is also a champion in some of the BBQ contests you see on TV. He's pretty damn good.
Hope that helps.
I used to have a couple offset firebox smokers and the food was pretty good. However I got tired of getting up at 11:00 at night, starting the fire, keeping it going all night and the next day. Now I set the temperature I want and go to bed and it takes care of it for me.
Leaves me more time to drink beer that way.