I purchased this smoker as my first venture into smoking, 1 week before I entered a BBQ cookoff. I have used propane for grilling all of my adult life, so I felt more comfortable with the gas than an electric or charcoal model. Setup was a breeze, and I was smoking the next day to get used to the controls, figuring out how to control the temp, etc. Temp control was a snap, which seems to be the most important part of smoking. Fire it up, turn it all the way to low, and let it go. 250 degrees and cooking with gas! It was so easy, the first set of ribs were a huge hit with the family. Knowing a little more now, almost 3 months later, I would make the same purchase again. A few suggestions, you can buy wood chunks, but the wood box is small, so any pieces larger than a small rock will need to be chopped with a hatchet. However, my wood box only needs to be refilled about once an hour, so not bad considering the cost! Also, when seasoning the smoker for the first time (running it all setup without food in it), make sure you wrap the water pan in foil, all the way around. Makes cleanup much easier.
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