Have had it for years now. Keep the ash cleaned out. Have only been using Royal Oak from Wally World. Have been lucky to ever see 350* on it. Fire ring is broke in two, not that it matters. Place I got it from in AZ gave me the quick run down on how to use it. They instructed me to fill it to the holes in the fire ring. In what little reading/video watching I have done seem like everyone loads it up with more charcoal than what I am using.