I originally ordered the Amerique and the wait is about 2-3 weeks. Since the time I have ordered, I have begun to have doubts as to this being the right cooker for me...I could use some thoughts from anyone who has experience with both models (or at least another CS model and the FEC100)..
1) I do NOT cater, nor will I be selling any que - when I do cook, it might be for 2 people or 15 people - I also like to cook numerous butts and briskets at one time (I vaccum seal them and freez)
2) I like to cook my Chicken and turkeys at a higher temp (300-325).
3) Finished product - from everything I have heard on this forum and also at the BBQ forum, the FEC can and does put out serious que - dare I say, more stick burner like que, without the mess and hassle of tending the fire? Everything I see about a CS smoker (Amerique, smokette, etc) says the que is very good, but different - I like my smoke to be heavy at times, other times, lighter. I WANT a smoke ring as well...I am used to it and after years of cooking, I expect it on my que.....I guess I am afraid of the CS cookers to be more like roasted meat, then smoked....is this accurate?
If the FEC100 is a better fit for me, then by all means I will change my order (it would be overkill for sure, but so was my last pitts and spitts log burner that I just sold!)...or maybe I am just second guessing myself before I even have the Amerique?? Thanks for any comments and or thoughts. I appreciate it!