I usually do not do the review thing for products I buy but am going to make an exception on this. After my inital seasoning run and my first cook this past weekend I have to say that this thing works great! Very well built weighing in at just under 600 lbs. (probably over 600 now with the addition of fire bricks in the bottom of the fire box). All 1/4 inch plate construction. Nice basket for the fire which has been upgraded from the older models that had an expanded metal type grate. Arrived completely assembled and ready to go, all welded together with really decent welds. Cooking temps were easily controlled and very even side to side. The meat was unbelievable, chicken was perfectly cooked, slight smoke flavor and juicy is an understatement. Pastrami was smoked to 165 and then steamed in the oven until it was done at 205. Not an inexpensive toy but it will without a doubt last a lifetime.