Well, actually I converted an old shop made stainless steel gas grill to a pellet smoker. About ten years ago I bought this shop made grill at a yard sale. The owner had retired from a fab shop that had done a lot of stainless work and this grill was his retirement gift. When I saw it I just had to have it. The grill has a very generous cooking area having a grate that is 24" x 42" . We have cooked on it for years using charcoal on lower grate having given up on the propane a long time ago