Pros: cheap, huge grill space, versitile in sooooo many ways, smoker, grill, does it all.
Cons: thin, temperature is influenced by weather.
I originally bought this to learn on while I built a double barrel smoker. Six years later I have yet to build the other smoker. I love the grill for a lot of reasons. The first is the immence cooking space of this pit, I have had as many as three 20 pound turkeys on it at one time. It does a bang up job with ribs, brisket and pork butt. You just have to be more tentative and hands on with this pit than with a lot of other pits.
You can use a water pan between the heat baffel and the grate
It's versitile enough to use it as a big grill or use the side firebox to use as a small grill for small quick meals like a fillet of salmon.
The one thing that was challenging (at least for me) was to learn how to regulate the heat. Once I cought on to that it became a rig I love to use. I have read on forums that users can get 12 hours of cooking on one load of fuel blah blah blah. I have to check it and usually add some wood or lump about every 45 minutes to keep the temp right.
Is this the best rig out there, no. Is it the best for the price? Yes. If you are just learning, this rig will teach you a lot about what you need to know as far as barbecue goes. If you are well versed then you may like the versatility and portability of this rig.
For me this has been a great first pit and one I continue to use even though I have since expanded my cooking arsenal. If you are looking to start turning out great barbecue but don't want to spend a ton of money then I would greatly recommend this pit.