Jay's comments are spot on. Own a SM 160 (purchased used). Researched for about 9 months before purchasing an electric cooker. Don't regret it at all. Pretty much set and forget. Just have to learn cooking times and weight of wood for the amount of smoke you desire. Sausage smoking, as Jay stated is a bit of a challenge but can be done (just finished two twenty pound batches). Plenty of information on this site to guide you. The SM 160 is located in the shop and vented outside. Great for all season cooking. Good luck with your selection.