I purchased my Okie back in June and generally, I've been satisfied with the product. However, I do have some minor gripes regarding its construction. I accepted delivery of my Joe w/o actually giving it a good going over. This is my fault entirely as I found several welds not to have held and gaps in the cooking area between where the lid rests and the cooking chamber. It appears as though my Joe had been dropped at some point either during shipment or assembly at Lowes. The Lid was out of plumb and I noticed several scratch marks on the edge of the SFB.
Anyway, I overlooked these things and as a result, the Joe leaked quite a bit of smoke during the seasoning process. I tried several ways of fixing this all with minimal results. It was at this point that I went back to Lowes here in PA where the outdoor manager was a understanding soul. He looked up my order and offered to swap the Joe out or a refund. I opted for the swap as the smoker is perhaps the best at its price point. I was taken around the store and shown several Joes they had already assembled and were available. On a few of them, I saw the same defect in the welding and in the lid alignment. I did find one that was done right and chose that one. The Manager then pulled that one to the side and it will be delivered this Thursday and they'll take the old Joe back.
I say all of this as a cautionary tale to anyone wanting to buy a Joe from Lowes or any other big box store. Check the body when its delivered for defects in welding. Also look for door alignment issues. If possible, walk the store and if you can spot one w/o any visible issues, select that one for delivery.
You'll save yourself a lot of headache if you follow these simple steps. Especially if you plan on doing a lot of cooking with this smoker as quality control appears to be hit or miss with these.
If I had it to do over, I would probably save my money and get the Horizon 20" or the Yoder Wichita. A lot more money true, but I have a feeling you'll get what you pay for in the end.
Hope this helps!