For my entire life I have heard "Buy quality only cry once, buy poor quality and you will always cry." This furnace works better than the other two I have tried (Lee and Lyman) by a factor of at least 5. It melts 22 pounds in about 20 min. and the temp. control seems to be outstanding. The price is a high hurdle but once you take a big gulp and plunk down the $$ you will begin to enjoy casting as never before. I had to call RCBS over my dumbness once (a GFI problem) and received great help and was not treated like the dummy I really was for not troubleshoothing the problem better. Couldn't ask for more--except extending their rebate.
Pros: Does what it is designed to do and does it well.
Cons: Instructions could be better, price.
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.