My wife Inherited this smoker from my father in law when he passed away in Jan of 2012. It is just what it says to be, a sausage smoker .Nothing fancy , Just plug it in and turn the dial. I have used it 4 times so far to smoke Steelhead and Salmon. This last week end I ground up some Elk I had in the freezer from last year added some Apples and Asian Pears to the mix. They turned out pretty darn good . It came with 3 dowels to hang the sausage . I have the older stainless model with no legs. It heated up quickly and held temp for 2.5 hour on the first 4 smokes and 3.5 hours on the last one I did .