I've been bbq'ing/grilling/smoking for over 25 years mostly at home, but an occasional competition. I've cooked on kettles, off sets, pellet cookers, barrel cookers, kamados, etc. For the money, this is the best all around cooker. This unit reeks of quality the moment you pull it out of the box, the temperature control is spot on and the 2 zone cooking ability is best. Some other benefits are that it is aluminum which gives peace of mind for longevity. It is portable for the occasional camping trip, ballgame tailgate or cooking competition. Do yourself a favor and pull the trigger, you will not regret this purchase, just a terrific value in the grill market!