As someone just starting out what I've been trying to find is an offset that is:
- 'Cheap' (~$500)
- Has a diffusion plate
- Front shelf for moving meat in & out (sides are less important to me)
- Decent insulation
Size isn't that important, just enough for some ribs and a small (3kg) brisket. My current cheap offset is absolute garbage, which has pushed me toward an electric or gas smoker (not going to do pellets). Having to spend all day fart arsing around with the firebox really isn't conducive to an enjoyable smoke.