Well - I've had this for a few years, but really only dabbled in smoking, but actually got some decent ribs from this smoker. Since I have been reading this forum and trying to learn all I can, I now know why people don't care for these. You lose so much heat when you have to add chips, or spritz that it takes time to build it back up. I am just doing some baby backs today along with a beer can chicken (going on later). I am looking forward to my first season of smoking with a little education under my belt.