I looked around to see what was available locally and my options were limited so I purchased a Smoke Hollow #6 for $200 at a store 30 miles away. I was attracted to the quality of the construction, the roominess and the bronze burner. I Got it home and put it together and the construction is solid... I did the heat up and seasoned for 2 hours. Up to that point I was feeling good! After it had cooled off I popped my cured bacon in and put the smoker on low, was busy with other things and checked on it a half hour later to find the temp was 295 degrees! It was 44 degrees outside and I am wondering how hot it will be in the summer! My previous smoker a Big chief would not get up to temperature in cold weather and that was frustrating as all hell, having to finish everything in the oven. I see the MES smoker is 160-ish at walmart if I order it. My question is should I deal with all the silly replacing of parts and installing a needle valve to control the gas smoker or get my money back and order the MES? I just can't believe the Smoke Hollow is sold like that.