It fits my budget at this time, and I wanted to try something different. I already have a vertical wood smoker with a single door. My problem with that one is that when you need to add more wood chunks you have to open the door, thus all the heat escapes at once. I have read many of the modifications for offset smokers, and am just wondering if anyone had any luck using this particular brand/model, with or without mods. I see the use of extending the chimney to grate level, and even baffling, but I am a believer of using water, at least in my vertical. I am not a total noob to smoking meat, but always in learning mode. I have an open mind, and love to see and read what others have done.