Quoted from Erik:
How quickly does it get around 400 deg? Have you done any long smokes, say 24 hrs?
You start the thing on smoke to get it lit, and a few minutes later you can crank it up to high and it will be there in no time.
I have not done any overnight cooks yet and like I mentioned you do need to add pellets every couple hours and make sure the pellets in the hopper don't funnel an air pocket or it can go out. And if it does it will fill the burner up with pellets and a restart without removing them will cook the entire unit. Ask me how I know...
Anyway , once you get a handle on it and can check on it so it doesn't go out, it is a fine cooker but I wouldn't leave it for more than a couple hours without checking and filling the hopper.
Basically the igniter in the burner only goes on when you first start it up on smoke for a couple minutes and is dependent on a slow stream of pellets to keep it lit.