+1 on the the hot spots - I personally would save your $ and get something newHmmmm,
To me, All i can see is the Major hot spot in the middle that even looks like it is on the top shelf too.
Never seen a smoker like this, So i can't tell you that it's not worth $100.
Would i buy it??? No .for the same reason that i can't say what it's worth. Never seen one like it so can't say how it would cook.