I am a newbie , never had a pellet smoker. Ive just bought and taken delivery of a Pit Boss 1150, and purchase a selection of their pellets, including their charcoal pellets, competition blend, Hickory, and Apple. The are priced at £17.50 for 9kg, free delivery for orders over £50. I will give you a review after i have built the BBQ and I'm up and running. The supplier at BuffBBQ recommended a 50/50 mix of charcoal pellet and competition blend for doing a brisket.