For years Louisiana-Grills has experimented with different designs and manufacturing sources to improve their products and bring a wide selection of quality, feature rich pellet smokers to market. Progress was slow, and the path often bumpy, but it appears they've turned the corner with their Country Smokers in 2014 and they have plans to upgrade their Colonial and Estate lines as well. Many older models may still be floating around in warehouses and showrooms. We do not recommend buying these older versions. Be sure to get the new CS smokers that come standard with a flame broiler sliding diffuser plate, and a factory installed digital thermostatic touch pad controller with a built in meat thermometer, (pictured below).