I started three years ago with the Treager texas elite.I made a lot of good meals but a lot of frustrations. I had trouble getting temp above 400 and it was very hard to keep temp constant on high. Now that they are made in China the quality is way down. I had to keep replacing parts. The company was good about replacing things but the product is marginal at best. I looked at every pellet cooker out there on line I could find. There are some very interesting ones. I was impressed with quite a few. The Rec Tec is cool and seems like a must better product than the treager for same price. In that next price range the Mak 2 star general has so many innovations and features that it seems to be a step ahead. The Memphis seems very good as well but I live in Oregon where Mak is made.I have had mine for a week. It is amazing. The quality is outstanding. It is so gratifying to purchase something that is so well made and thought out. It was well worth the investment.