This is my first smoker. My first try was less than successful. Since then I have smoked chicken and cheese. I did the tandoori chicken in the cookbook that came with the smoker. Rave reviews all around. I like the biscuit feeder as it takes less effort on my part. But don't forget you have to check the water :)
We have to use our smoker on a porch where we can get adequate ventilation, so at times a blowing rain can dampen our machine. So having the cover is a real asset. It is well made, and it does not blow around in winds.