I’ve used itmaybe 30 times now. Here are things I’d say.Read that thread, at the bottom crimsonfancy makes some true points. shoprat53 mentioned that SmokinIt is a copy of the Cook Shack smoker, and I think that’s true. There is a link to their website in that thread too. Cook shack is a US maker, I might have bought from them had I known. I didn’t learn enough about the PK100, but liked the sizing of the 3.5 smokin it. I seem to recall it was cheaper for the size I wanted, maybe? Construction is fantastic, very satisfied. Controller is good, holds temps within 2 degrees. Instruction Manual is horrendous, but can be figured out. Wifi… it works, but I don’t use it. I just walk out and hit up button to adjust temps when needed. If $$ is issue you don’t need it. Smoker is almost airtight! Only a 3/4" vent on top and bottom. This is the problem, as crimsonfancy said. It holds moisture. This is good and bad.
Good… it helps you comply with usfda fsis pathogen lethality requirements of doing the 135 to 161 range lethality heat treatments in a high humidity environment or sealed oven.
Bad… everything stays moist in there. You can’t dry stuff out. You don’t get a bark really. Jerky and snacksticks can be smoked, but not dried.
It needs to have some vents you can open after smoking, so you can get airflow and dry. For now, what I and everyone else does is put a computer fan above vent to suck air thru. Works OK, need to mount fan on 5" pvc so it sits better.
You can buy an expensive premade one on a metal stand, JamesJerky Dryer I think. I read their forums for many hours, and website, wasn’t easy to pull info about this.
8. Absolutely get the Bellas CSG. I’d get it no matter what smoker I had. Love it. The smoker itself will smolder wood when set at 120 fine, pellets ir chips or a chunk, but you can’t turn it on and off and reload. Also, smoldering wood inside that airtight box lets methane gas build up anf give a flash burn when you open up door, I don’t like that. I posted about that somewhere. So I like using the CSG, and don’t make smoke with smoker much.
Hope that review helps 😉