Smoking meat is expensive, charcoal, wood, etc. I like to use pecan wood or hickory so I have to buy it. I use to use mesquite wood and go of the caprock and cut it myself. But I sold the place that I could just drive right to it. I have another place but have to go across the creek bed and the place is very sandy. Plus mesquite burns very hot and will burn out your firebox a lot faster. It takes more pecan wood to smoke something because it doesn't burn near as hot and has a better smoke taste. Oak is in-between the 2 for heat and the flavor is good but coast the same as the other woods I smoke with. Now hickory, apple any woods like that cost more and I have to get it in a shorter length to fit my firebox on my smoker.