Welcom to the forum, Ted!
I am fairly new here myself. But let me tell you, go to Amazon and watch for their specials. They will often run Buy 3, get 1 box free and sometimes they offer free freight on top of that! Also, it does in fact cut the cost per puck WAY down if you buy them in larger quantities. I would suggest buying a sampler box off of ebay or Amazon and see what types of wood you like. Once you cook a few times and figure out your favorite woods....... STOCK UP!!! Buy them in boxes of 120 and you will save. The Bradley Store has them right now on Ebay for buy 3 get 1 free in lots of 120.
The quality of the food that comes out of this little smoker is beyond what can be described in common words. I have tried for years to smoke many different kinds of food, but because my job requires that I be subject to callout 24/7/365... I sometimes end up having to leave right in the middle of a smoke. By the time I could get home, (with other smokers) the temp had been down for a long time and I was scared of the food. With this smoker.... I can "set it and forget it"! And since I bought mine a few short months ago, I have turned out some of the best pulled pork, ribs, salmon, brisket, fatty's, smoked meatballs, chicken wrapped in bacon, turkey, more ribs....... well, you get the picture!
I promise you that it is well worth the extra cost for the pucks...... I tell you what, buy some and try the smoker a few times. If you aren't happy with the food, I will buy your extra pucks.... deal?
Have fun and let us know what you cook!
(and just for the record..... NO! I do not get a commission from Bradley for the testimonial.)