Pros: Box is insulated and large enough family
Cons: Electronic controls are garbage...
I agree with everything yamafx4dude said. The box itself is great. Well insulted and large enough for a large family I need to smoke for. However the electronics in this unit suck… DO NOT depend on the LED read out for an accurate temperature reading. Mine can be anywhere from 10* to 30* off the indicated temperature. The smoke box is barely adequate for generating smoke. And yamafxdude’s experience parallels mine exactly, very little smoke when cooking temp (actual Temp verified by aux temp gauge) is below 225*F. Smoke generators like the AMX haven’t been useful either because they can’t keep lit for some reason. I expect it’s due oxygen deficiency as the only decent place to put the AMX is on bottom left of heating coils.
Also the electronic controls have a habit of not turning on when you go to use it. Just last Xmas weekend I pilled the Masterbuilt out a day early to be sure it would fire up on Xmas day for some family smoking. It took some fiddling to get the electronic controls to come on and stay on but it finally did. I sat with it keeping a log of the temperature stings and actual temp. Thought I had it all figured out and called it a day. >>> Xmas day I uncovered the smoker and today the controls won’t respond for love or money. Grrrr… Suspected (or rather hoped) the problem may be due to the humidity early in the AM so I took the wife’s hair dryer on low and aimed it at the electronic control box on top of unit and went in and took a shower. Came out and tried it and thank goodness it started to function again.
The controls on this unit are just to hit and miss for my money. Will be looking for a non-electric unit as soon as can afford another.
I will never by another electric smoker again. I've reading reviews of every smoker made (that I can find) and they all seem to have problems, lots of problems.
As they say YMMV.