Pros: Cheap way to get into smoking
Cons: All the mods won't overcome the thin metal it is built with
I got this because smoking on my Weber kettle gets a little crowded.
In stock form, this thing would probably be pretty useless. I was able to mod it with very little extra money because I sell some of the items I modded it with and got them for a good price (free). Once I sealed screw points and errant seams and put fiberglass tape on the edges of the cook lid and firebox, it held smoke pretty well. Also added were a sheet metal baffle near the firebox exit to even temps, stack extension down to the grate and an elevated basket for the fire to get good airflow. After all that, it is good for cooking multiple racks of ribs and other stuff that is too big for my kettle. The one thing you can't escape is the 1/16-ish stamped steel. This thing is a radiator. And, in turn, it makes it a massive fuel hog. It is a challenge to get it to hold a steady temp. I'm glad I did some research as to what to expect from a COS, as I could see the uninitiated easily being frustrated running this smoker bone-stock.