I was a little sceptical putting this thing together. I paid $261 + another $135 in mods. I ordered everything from bbqsmokermods.com which included the baffle plate, door latches, and lava lock door gaskets so I'm all in $396. I personally feel like this smoker is about worth $449 if it came with all the mods needed, and with that being said I wouldn't dare pay full price for it. Now on to the bbq! I seasoned the pit yesterday and completed my first smoke today which began at 1:15 pm and ended at 7:45pm. 2 slabs of St. Louis style spair ribs, beef brats, chicken sausage, and 6 leg quarters. I used a mix of Apple, Cherry and Pecan wood and Kingsford original as my coal base. I was very happy with the ease of maintaing my cooking temp of 250 to 270 degrees. Everything came out amazing especially for my first cook! You guys be the judge.