I had a partner at work talk me into ordering a barrel cooker. I know there are several out there, probably cheaper, but the fact that this company is Veteran owned, made in America, and set up and use appeared simple, made it a no brainer. I ordered it Thursday morning and received it Friday by noon. It was $299 and I added the ash pan at the direction of my buddy. Free shipping. Needless to say I was super excited (amazing as I get older what makes me happy) when it arrived so I ran to Costco for a brisket to break it in and ribs to have on sunday:thumbup: I consider myself a seasoned giller, but have absolutely no experience with a barrel cooker and have never cooked a brisket before. I figured a small brisket flat would be a good starter. I rubbed the brisket down with mustard and gave her a nice dusting of the beef rub that came with the cooker. Got my charcoals going and hung my meat. Closed her up and waited til she got to 160, and then pulled her off and wrapped her up in foil and added a little water. Put the grill in the barrel and put the meat back on until she got up to 200. Pulled her off and threw her in an ice chest for about an hour. Pulled her out and sliced her up.:beer The wife has got me on a low-carb diet that does not include beer, but sitting outside smelling this thing, I caved and tossed back a couple during the cook and with my meal. She let me slide:champagne: There is nothing like being King of my own castle!!!!!! Life is good!