We believe that when you buy a product it should last a while. As any BBQ'ers out there know the BBQ smokers made now days from the big box stores will only last you a season or two before rusting out. We had the same experience and got sick of buying a new smoker every 2-3 yrs. As you can see from the picture below we've had it happen more than once to us. Sick of having to buy a new one I decided to start my own business building quality made smokers. Made here by me in the great USA.