Pros: Great Insulation, easy to light even when cold outside, can burn Pellets as well as Lump and Briquettes.
Cons: Large, Heavy, pricey.
I got this Smoker as a present from my wife. This unit certainly earned the XL brand as it is large and in charge. It has a large cooking capacity, easy to light and far easier to cook with. I own a offset and was used to "tending fire". Not necessary with the XL Baby. Once you have your dampers set top and bottom, it pretty much cooks without any intervention needed. The thermometer appears very accurate and is located midway towards the center of the box. I set mine up with the DigiQ QX2 temp control device. I don't think I've ever seen steadier temps on a smoker. It held 225F for over 12hrs on 7lbs. of lump. The ash tray on the side where the valve is is large enough for most chunks of woods. You can start with chips at the bottom to get things started and then add chunks later. "Shaking the grate" is perhaps the best way to get embers to the chips as you don't have to remove and reinsert the grate while it is cooking. I recommend a pair of pliers for this job as gloves will simply melt and/or burn if you touch the grate.. I also experimented with Wood Pellets in the chute and to my surprise, they worked great! It was as if gravity had turned the smoker into a pellet smoker. This unit is much more at home with either Lump or Briquettes but if you want to experiment with pellets, knock yourself out. Just remember to mix in the Pellets with some other fuel like Lump.
The quality of the construction can't be stressed enough. I had to bring it home in a U-Haul trailer as it weighs in at over 400lbs. It's well insulated and able to smoke food even at temps near or below zero. It's also pricey. Most listings have it at $2750USD. The Stumps Baby comes in at about a grand less. Both are great Gravity Fed smokers easily capable of competition.
So if anyone is thinking about going gravity fed for their next smoker and are willing to spend a bit extra, you can't go wrong with the Stumps XL Baby.