I purchased the Saffire grill as a birthday gift for my wife to replace a small smoker that just was too small and took a lot of attention. I have only used it 3 times so far. The weather is too hot to smoke during the summer and I just use the gas grill for quick meals. I finally figured out how to regulate the heat and knew that it would take me a couple of days to cook everything I wanted. I cook a lot when I light up a fire because of the heat and will not do it unless it is really necessary. I used the lump charcoal they recommended and was glad I did. They cost more but burn a hotter and longer fire. I decided to purchase the second grid which made it easier. I cooked 2 briskets, 2 pulled pork, 2 slabs of pork ribs and smoked sausage after the fire was cooling down. It took all day each day, but I got it done and was very pleased with the results. I’ve never been able to smoke a brisket in the past and had given up. Now I will do them more often. I plan to smoke a couple of turkeys for Thanksgiving and expect them to be great. The grill is very easy to clean and I recommend you clean it after each use. I figured out how to catch the grease and that made the job even easier. If you are thinking about a smoker, you may want to consider the Saffire grill. It was worth the money to purchase it and I just wish I’d done it sooner.