My buddy has an akorn as well as a fast eddie's pellet smoker.
His intention was to use it as a grill with occasional light smoking, and use the big cabinet for competition and feasts.
He LOVES it as a smoker - med size butts, ribs, chicken chug along with hardly any fuel usage. two handfuls of lump is enough to rock a 6hr cook no problem.
Cat Daddy's BBQ : 22.5 WSM / PBC / Akorn / Weber OTG 22.5 Cajun Bandit / Smokey Joe Gold