I bought this a couple months ago, I wanted to try my hand at smoking as I'm an avid charcoal griller and wanted to try some bigger cooking projects and I have a lot of good woods for smoking meats (apple, crab apple, hickory, cherry). So far, the pork spare ribs and the pork butt I made came out incredible and this is a great grill for a beginner smoker, I really enjoyed using this and will get a lot of use in the future. The more I use this, the better I'm getting at knowing how to best cook with this smoker. The drawbacks, the temperature gauge has no measurement reading in degrees which I find totally ridiculous since you want to maintain the grill at a certain temperature. Additionally, this "temperature" gauge clouded up with smoke the first time I used it and rendered it unusable for as long as I own this.. Another annoying feature is that the side door on the offset firebox will not stay open unless something is jammed in there (I used a small rock) to keep it open a bit for air flow. Lastly, this grill should come with some basic user instructions included for beginners (who are probably the biggest purchaser of this product), one shouldn't have to peruse the internet or Youtube to figure out how to use this grill.
Despite the drawbacks, this grill was very functional and I will be getting a lot of use out of this in years to come, I look very forward to grilling and smoking up many excellent gourmet meals for my family to enjoy.