This is our first pellet fed cooking device - and I think it will be the last. Our Pit Boss PBV4PS2 Pro Series is a "cooker" not a "smoker". We have tried different pellets and reduced the starting temperature to give a longer time to get that smoky taste. Called Customer Service and they said reduce starting temperature, use Pit Boss charcoal pellets and get a smoke tube. We replaced an ancient Little Chief wood chip smoker with the Pit Boss and the Little Chief produced meat as smoky as you wanted - and we like it SMOKY. This Pit Boss could not produce "dark bark" on a brisket no matter what you did. The Pit Boss seems to control temperature and time correctly, but I can't see investing in smoke tubes and continuing to fuss around with this machine. VERY DISAPPOINTED. Will be looking for a wood chip real smoker.