Joe Jr.'s are awesome you will really like it. As far as accessories you get ash tool, grate tool, and ceramic plate for indirect cooking. Only thing you might want to buy is digital thermometer and kick ash basket. As far as fuel any lump charcoal will do I like rockwood and royal oak and Kj lump for the Jr. medium to smaller pieces work best for me with the Jr. I bought a cast iron grate from bge to use with my Jr now it's sitting in drawer. If Kj made a soapstone I would recommend that but they don't so just use a cast iron skillet or griddle for smash burgers. The learning curve is pretty simple small adjustment because the Jr can heat up quick. Brisket might be a stretch on the Jr but I have seen 3 racks of ribs rolled up being cooked on it. You have to get creative but it's an awesome grill. I have done pork butts on it and they have come out great. I mostly use mine for chicken and fast and hot cooking. I also have a classic, once you save up some more money you will want a bigger one I recommend the big joe. I have the classic and I wish I made more room. I hope this helps a little bit.