just bought oneKeep in mind I'm very new to smoking (going on my third weekend) so I can't compare this smoker to any other smoker because I've simply never used any other one. But I have found this smoker to be pretty easy to use and already I have turned out some stuff I really like. One thing I can say is the chip tray will not work in the location they have it in. I suggest with this smoker to not use the chip tray it comes with at all. I'm playing around with a tuna can and/or a pie pan right on the heating element. I'm getting good results with both but I haven't decided which I like more yet. Another thing, the door does not seal at all, I honestly don't know how important that is, maybe someone else could chime in to explain. All of that aside, everything that I've smoked in it (17 pounds of butt, 2 whole chickens so far) has been juicy and tender and it gets up to temp fast and holds it. I have found it to be very simple to use. In the end I'm sure there are far better smokers out there but for a hundred bucks not bad at all.