I was in the market for a new smoker. My little New Braunsfel Hondo serves me well but, is lacking in cooking space. I had seriously been eyeing the larger Old country smokers at academy. The ones I was looking at were around 399-499. Then I came across the deal of the century on craigslist. A massive custom offset made of 1/4 inch steel. It hadn't been used in a while but it was the same price as the academy smokers. I couldn't resist.