Once I got home I immediately fired it up and seasoned it following the instructions on the Lang website, it was very easy to do and since I had a nice fire going I figured I'd make some chicken breast and they turned out great. In the weeks since I have used it just about every weekend both Friday and Saturday smoking ribs sausages, pork butts and chicken. I have really enjoy using it compared to the Brinkmann kettle smoker I have been using for the last year.
After using it for a couple of weeks now I would say that I am very happy with the smoker however I have had some difficulty with keeping a good fire going but that will come in time Just need more practice. Everything I have cooked has came out great and very moist. As for the quality of the cooker I feel that it is well-built all the welds look very good. The cooking grates are easy to handle and clean and despite the weight of the cooker it's rather easy to move around There are however a few things that I'm a little disappointed in one of those are the grate for the firebox, I would've rather have seen something that slides out. The other would-be the paint, on the top of the firebox the paint has already bubbled and chipped off a small area and I do understand that it is very high temperature and that's going to happen but I would wonder if powder coating it would be better?
All in all I am very happy with the Lang 36 and I feel for the cost you're getting a great cooker. I will always feel guilty spending the money but that's just me but I would buy another Lang.