I'm seeing a lot of folks posting on this forum about how they had to perform mods on their smokers to get them to work correctly or decently, and I don't understand why that is necessary in the first place. I have an 18.5" WSM and I don't have to do any mod for it to work right the first time out of the package. Before I buy anything, I read up as much as I can and check the review from as many sources as I can. If I see a lot of people saying how they had to mod this or mod that to get their smoker to work right, I steer clear from it. My question is why do people continue to buy a product and support a manufacturer if they know that the product will not work right the first time? Is it cost .or does everyone but me enjoy modding and tinkering with their smoker before they can finally put it to use. I am looking for a new smoker to either replace my WSM because the size is getting too small for me and possibly keep both. I purposely steer clear of any product that I red that show poor quality and/or craftsmanship. I much rather spend more on a product that works as I expected the first time and every time, even if I have to save up and spend considerably more on it than to buy a poorly made product and have to put in all the extra work before I could put it to use. The mods that I'm constantly see people having to do, they sound like issues that the manufacturers should have done in the first place and not leave for the consumers to do themselves.