I have been into smoking for about 7 years now. I have a Green Mountain and a charcoal setup that is really a heavily customized Brinkman smoker. I don't use the charcoal right now because I have small kids and the pellet is oh so simple compartively. I miss the taste of the wood/charcoal smoker though. I liked the Rectec, talked to the owner there, ultimately went with Green Mountain on price.
Favorite thing to do is Thanksgiving turkey, following amazingribs.com, ultimate smoked turkey recipie.