Let me stop here and say I am new to smoking, this is my first smoker ever, and I was comparing the quality of this smoker, to all the gas grills I have used in the past 25+ years. Thin cheap metal that rusts in a few years even with proper care.
I was concerned about the all steel construction, and it rusting faster since it is outside in the elements 27-7. So after a long conversation with the Lowe's rep, I bought a high quality cover, and an extra gallon of vegetable oil.
Now I am a child of the 80's which is to say my development years were during the 80's where mom and dad had me grilling over charcoal on the grill we picked up at the local curb alert. After I started paying for grills I switched to gas for the convince and never looked back till now.
Like I sad I bought this for my wife (who does the cooking) but after the first run, she stated "you can have that!" I have fallen back in love with outdoor grilling and the offset fire box appeases the pyromaniac within.
So I have the Oklahoma Joes highland smoker, and I am about to do a few mods on it, seal the leaks, exten the smoke stack inside the cooking chamber, makeshift convection plates.
I love it and have no complaints about it at all
Any advice is appreciated and welcomed