Weird, my original review of this from a few years ago has dissapeared.
Anyways, It's a nice set up for the backyard, half grill / half smoker. I bought the sidefirebox for it.
The grill is great, it gets up to about 650 here in Denver. If I turn the middle burner off and the two sideburners on low I think it runs at 250.
The smoker is cheap and needs a lot of help.
First off i went to home depot and bought two pieces of the expanded metal maybe 24" x 12". I laid them out in a plus symbol, marked the edges, and pounded/folded them into big U shapes. Then I put the two of them together to form a toples cube and hooked them together with some little L brackets and had myself a very effective charcoal box.
Then I bought a small water heater blanket and chopped it up and silver foil taped the edges and wrapped the chamber with it to keep the heat in.
Then I bought some of the rope oven sealer and mounted that into the door so that when it was closed it didnt leak so much smoke out.
Then I put in another level below the grll grate level and filled it with soapstone chunks. I had one big piece of soapstone that I put against the firewall side and it actually works like a reverse flow now. Soapstone has very interesting thermal properties and holds heat very well.
Then i said screw it and put in a nano-q, it works awesome.. Oh yeah and I have a propane burner mounted in there for preheat as well.
And now that I have it all modded out, I am ready to build my own reverse flow, so it needs to find a new home.
Before I did all of this it was terrible, sealed like a screen door, couldnt control temps, made some nasty-ass bbq.