Works well. The lid should fit tighter to prevent smoke from coming out other than the smoke stack. A seal of some sort should be added to the lid. With the Dual Temp gauges there is a 40 degree difference from the fire box to the other end of the smoker.
Smoker will need modifications, much information available online, CAUTION: I call charbroil, the manufacturer of this smoker and "Any" modifications you make, even replacing the thermometer will void the warrantee. ******* sells the same smoker for about 1/2 the price.
My only complaint is the paint ruined with high flames at different occasions. Other than that it works perfect. We used last new year’s eve (2017-2018) at Rockford, IL with temperature of -5F (wind chill -25F) and it did its job.
Great smoker and great size for the price (even in CAD $)!! Well built, very heavy, Fast and good price shipping! The fire box is huge, a 16 inch log fits easely in it!. Even if you have some experience using offset smoker, this big one will need a little bit of practice. The size of the cooking chamber and fire box needs a learnig curve to manage the temp and the amount of combustible. Doesn't need too much mods, only some gasket and son hi-temp sealicone too seal everything in place. The paint is a bit of a issue. You have to keep the fire away from the sides of the smoker or else the paint will peel off. I recommend using a fire basket in the fire box and larger charcoal grills in the smoker chamber if you want to use it like a bbq. Some touch up on the paint will have to be made down the road. But the paint is not a big problem, it's easy to fix! Dont hesitate, pull the trigger on it and be sure to have a friend with you when it's delevired ... you will need some help to move this beast! I recommend this product (even if I would like to be the only guy around having one!!!)
I have just started using this smoker and after seasoning it, it has products the best BBQ in comparison to my other smokers.
Decent smoker. Only issue was paint peeling off fire box during seasoning. Contacted customer service and was sent a replacement.
The cinder drawer under the fire box is held in place by two rails. The sad thing about the rails, the metal is the thinnest on the whole grill. you can replace the whole fire box but according to the manufacturer, nothing has changed with the design because the rails are functional. To bad.