I Have been smoking on this smoker for the last three months and love it. It hardly uses any lump charcoal to maintain a temp between 220 and 240. Its easy to control temp with the two vents on each end of the firebox as well as a damper between the firebox and smoker box. The build is quality is great with stainless steel grates as well as two outside stainless shelves. I made a charcoal box ( see picture ) to better control the heat and more efficient use of charcoal. I use Apple chunks to provide my smoke flavor. I always have two water trays in the bottom of the pit ( see pictures below) I have done several fatties, ribs and brisket so far. All have turned out fantastic. I have provided pictures below of some of my smoking results. This is going to be a great backyard smoker for me. My picture only shows one shelf in the smoker but it has three pull out 15 by 30 shelves. My next cook will be some pork butts for pulled pork. I do not use the in lid thermometer, as in most smokers it is not very accurate. I use a maverick 733 to monitor my temp. I highly recommend this be a consideration if you are looking for a quality backyard smoker.