Comparing pit boss Lowe’s versus Academy

I have the competition 1200.
The pro has a hinged door and a smoke stack. The Competition has a non hinged lid and no stack. The stack would allow the side smoker, I can't use it on mine
 
Mainly, I believe it’s hinged lid and smoke stack (Lowe’s) vs roll top and no smoke stack (academy/menards). If I’m not mistaken, The competition series brought back the smoke setting, but don’t quote me on that. I researched awhile back when I decided to go bigger. I went with Lowe’s so I could use the smoke box attachment.
 
Mainly, I believe it’s hinged lid and smoke stack (Lowe’s) vs roll top and no smoke stack (academy/menards). If I’m not mistaken, The competition series brought back the smoke setting, but don’t quote me on that. I researched awhile back when I decided to go bigger. I went with Lowe’s so I could use the smoke box attachment.
How hot does that smoke box get?
 
I purchased the 850 Competition recently at Academy. I was looking at the Pro (Lowe's) for $499, then saw Academy had an online special on the Competition $549 plus an additional 20% off if added to the online shopping cart. The end result was $439 before tax at Academy (vs. $499 from Lowe's), so I went with the Competition. As you can see in my avatar, it has a stack and the top is hinged. Overall, I'm pleased so far.
 
I purchased the 850 Competition recently at Academy. I was looking at the Pro (Lowe's) for $499, then saw Academy had an online special on the Competition $549 plus an additional 20% off if added to the online shopping cart. The end result was $439 before tax at Academy (vs. $499 from Lowe's), so I went with the Competition. As you can see in my avatar, it has a stack and the top is hinged. Overall, I'm pleased so far.
JC that's interesting. My 1200 has no stack but the 850 does. I didn't realize that.
 
I think they may even have improved the curvature even more then to seal off any heat. I will have to check how close it is in mine.
 
JC that's interesting. My 1200 has no stack but the 850 does. I didn't realize that.
My competition series 1250 has the roll top door and no stack. The fire pot is mounted underneath the barrel ( not inside like most others); I think that reduces the hot spot in the middle since it’s further from the heat deflector. I bought it for the convenience of emptying the ash pot from the outside of the smoker.
 
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