it was a long struggle to pick out a smoker. it was a battle between my head,heart and wallet. the wallet won! and a real sweet machine like a stumps is out of the question. so 200 bucks at Bass Proshops and here i go. I look forward to smoking some pork tenderloins,ribs,turkey breasts and sausage,veggies. those fatties things on this site are definitely on the menu. I researched it as much as I could and decided that a propane cabinet style smoke would best fit my needs best. it seams that the Masterbuilt xl was the best of the worst. as far as I can tell all these cheap models need help. the volume for the price is a reason I took the xl over the double door model. this should suit me until the wallet will spring for a 2k smoker I will continue to research mods but I have these on my list so far: fix chip pan. know issue that chip can catch fire bigger water pan fix door insulate make a rolling stand. I hope to get all this done soon. I have a sheet metal buddy that can weld the steel on the inside and make a cart/stand. for now I will just raise the chip pan an inch or so up and seal the vents so I can break it in. I look forward to learning a lot from you guys. especially when I get this up and running. later, Joe P.