You're right about the infrared gas grills! I bought a cheap one to try it out, didn't want to spend mega bucks for one built like a tank until I knew I'd like it. Its awesome! The one I get when this one shoots craps will be for the long haul. Once you use one there's no going back. As far as a smoker, I bought a green mountain and love it. Had it a year and a half and its worked great. My brother in law has a pit boss and a older traeger and be said next time he'll buy a green mountain after seeing mine. I don't know of one grill that could do all I want when cooking out.Napoleon natural gas with infra-red side burner replaced my 15 year old Weber Summit. The infrared side burner is a game changer, sear steaks-burgers-chicken-mahi mahi at 1800 degrees for 90 seconds per side. Then finish on gas or the Blaze smoker. Really upped my grilling.
Upgraded my 10 year old Big Steel Keg smoker with the 1" thick cast aluminum Blaze. Control it with Fireboard controls with fan and can smoke all day & night within 5 degrees of set temp.
Like wingmaster said, it's all a personal preference and everyone is different. I do a lot of research and decided on the Memphis Elite WillM mentioned to replace my smoker, found out my bride like's the charcoal smoker flavors much better than the pellet smokers so I went with the Blaze.
Got the best price on Amazon for the Blaze and BBQguys.com for the Napoleon.
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