Pros: Price, 2 door design, fuel efficient
Cons: Door handles iffy
I picked up the new model at Cabela's and have been pleased from the get go. If you have a Cabela's close and have the Visa you can get a good deal on it. I was able to use my built up cash for $100 off this unit, making it barely a hundred bucks. This is my first smoker. After doing a lot of reading here and elsewhere I decided to go with the gas smoker for the ease of use and the fact I can use the same bottle from my grill. This smoker was easy and straightforward to assemble and I did the first "seasoning" burn without issue. I got an oven thermometer and set it on the top rack inside and have noticed a pretty good consistency with the one on the door. This surprised me after reading so many folks saying there can be up to 20 degrees difference. I also got a thermometer with probe to use for monitoring the meat. It was spot on with the beef roast; which was the first time I used it.
I have smoked a rack of pork ribs, and I smoked a Christmas beef roast in it. The temperature control is easy. I like the fact it has the two-door design. It is easy to mind the wood box without disturbing the cooking chamber. The water bowl is large and accessed from the bottom as well. A big plus in my mind is the fact that it has handles on the sides for ease of transportation. I keep it in the garage and carry it around back to use on the deck when I'm cooking. I also can put it in my truck to take to the firehouse when I'm working on the weekend to smoke something up for the guys.
The only thing I think could be improved on is the door handles. The spring/twist/pull/push thing is a little weird to me. But that could just be me.
All in all, I really like this smoker and am glad I chose it for my first one. I hope to have many years of good use out of it.