I was contemplating either Traeger or Rec-Tec before seeing the SmokeFire announcement. I had pretty much settled on Traeger because I could pick it up locally but I saw a lot of good things about Rec-Tec. They do seem to have a good following and good products. Ultimately I deci to grab the SmokeFire when I saw my local Lowe’s had 3 in stock the day they were finally released. I was a little concerned about buying a first gen product but since it was Weber I decide to go for it. If was a smaller company I probably would have waited or gone with the Traeger.