Pros - Inexpensive, has some great features like 2 door, propane, and room for 2 turkeys
Cons - Does not last, parts break and are not replaceable
I would call this unit a "starter" option. If you're not sure you're going to love smoking, and don't want to spend much, get this. It has some features you'd want in a smoker although the thermometer on the door was very inaccurate from the get-go. But I am currently in process of replacing it after only 2 years. The bottom rusted out. It has an unfortunate knack for breaking on Thanksgiving smoke day and July 4 weekend. I literally had my turkeys ready to go in when the plastic attachment to the gas broke. It is a permanent part that is not replaceable (parts not available) so my husband had to splice the hose and get creative with attaching the propane to the unit. He saved the T-day dinner! But now the bottom is rusted out. I guess they don't really expect you to actually use the water pan (I do). (I assume this is why it's rusted out, but I don't know why for sure.) This is not a unit for longevity. As we say in Texas, I'm going to look for some bigger guns.
I had one for 6 years. I caulked the holes and put a gasket on the door, so I didn't worry about smoke leakage. I was able to cook a lot of food, did two 14 pound turkeys once. Always had good results, even if the temp control was shaky. But I tend to cook larger foods, Boston Butts, turkeys, etc. where exact temp control is not as crucial
The door mounted thermometer was never reliable, so I always used a separate temp probe with my iGrill thermometer.
The two doors made it easier, with less heat and smoke loss, when adding more wood chips.
Cons - doesn't heat to proper temp; ineffective thermometer; leaks smoke and heat
This isn't my first smoker, nor am I a newbee at the whole smoking thing. I'll spare you the story regarding the 2 damaged smokers I got from Lowe's before they delivered one that was acceptable (still damaged). I was initially happy with the smoker: great design, plentiful room for one-family smoking; loved the two-door concept and still find that the temp loss when adding water and chips is rarely more than 10 degrees. But I have consistently had trouble achieving sufficient heat in the smoker to properly smoke anything, and always end up finishing up my meat on the gas grill, even in warm temps! I learned early on that 225 on the unit's thermometer is grossly inaccurate, and will not properly cook any size meat portion. But no matter what I do I can't get the heat raised enough to do the job. I love the smoker and design and I'm trying to find a replacement burner with more BTUs so that I can salvage the unit. Any ideas or suggestions welcomed.