It’s understood. Last data point, you can add a blower into the E6 Kamado. But it sounds like you need the space a E4 affords?Brett,
I still enjoy my Weber kettles with charcoal and would have to admit that there is still something special about cooking with REAL fire! For moderate size high heat stuff like steaks, burgers, chops I also have a well worn Weber CharQ that gives results a little like the old Hibachi my Dad used when I was a kid. (I am still on the lookout for the right one of those at a price I can afford .)
Before I got my Recteq, I had a large Big Green Egg. I liked it very much but I have to admit that after I got the Recteq its use dropped off significantly. I guess I am lazy, but I also enjoy trying different pellets. Even though the BGE could hold a temperature incredibly well, I never could really sleep on a long night cook. With my RT-700 I at least get a decent amount of sleep on the night before a bbq event. It hasn't let me down yet. I guess that's what worries me about the SmokeFire, along with questions some have raised about durability. And then the worry that the SmokeFire may become an orphan product like the old Weber gas kettle.
Well, sorry for rambling. I guess my answer is that my kettles do get service when I have an event, but I generally do stuff like chicken that can be done that day rather than all night cooks. For long cooks, I personally like pellet grills. I sold my BGE when I moved from Florida because I was truly afraid of breaking it in the move. (That's another positive about the Weber Kamado.) I admit to still looking at ads for ceramic grills now and then. There's a nice looking Primo oval in a cedar cart a few hours from me for only $650...
IIRC, @DanHoo just did an overnight cook in his BGE using a Bellows and he had great success. I won’t push here. Our needs sound similar prior to me buying my E6.
My next purchase will be a blower for my E6 so I can comfortably do an overnight cook without worry. But I don’t sleep well already so I’m used to being up at odd hours.
I’ll watch as this all plays out for you. Wishing you luck and happiness with your decision.