I have gone through 1 year with my Akorn. For the price you can't beat it. I have done everything on it except pizzas. Once you dial in the vents, smoking is a breeze. The dome thermometer is not trustworthy so I encourage you to get a wireless thermometer. I would like to purchase another one when the time is right.
Char-Griller Akorn Kamado, Maverick ET-732, Superfast Orange Thermapen