How about a comment from a guy who actually HAS one LOL
I have had mine (bought a el cheapo china junk POS) from Lowes for $429
after a few mods, I love the thing. I bought it in Jan and live in Michigan and have smoked 2 briskets, and a bunch of other stuff, middle of the winter.
No issues getting and holding temps. Sure its a fuel hog but I am very happy with it!!!
If you want, PM me your email and I can tell you all about it, including pics of smoking brisket in a snowstorm