Having owned and loved my original Gourmet for about 18 years, it was time for a new one. The workmanship and materials are pretty much the same as they were 18 years ago, which is nice since most mfgs tend to cheapen things to keep the price down. Assembly went well with no tricky issues. Although I doubt Brinkmann will ever see this, I wish they'd stop using slotted bolts and go with something like a Phillips head. Slotted makes it easy for the screwdriver to slip out and scratch the smoker's finish. Also, I would have no problems spending $3 more if they were to use stainless hardware. This ensures no rusting for those who like to leave their smoker outdoors all the time. Next up is seasoning, then its first smoke. Since it looks like my original one, I am not expecting any problems. Also, if you get one, check the Web for easy mods that will improve its performance. For example, doing the charcoal grate mod will result in using less than half the amount of charcoal! Very pleased so far with this purchase.
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