Really easy to assemble, just need a screwdriver (and scissors to get all the bits out of the box). It is exactly how it looks in the picture. It took me about an hour to get out of the box and assemble, and this was on a hot day in a tiny space (and I had to re fit the barrel). The barrel part is quite heavy, so pay attention to the stickers that say "front leg" and "back leg", because I didn't once I had assembled the legs and ended up putting the barrel on the wrong way round for the little shelf. Ended up having to lift the assembled barrel (which is then twice has heavy with the lid attached)! Works a treat, lights fast (being able to close the lid) and great for an English BBQ that has a massive rain shower when the burgers were cooking. Easier than it looks to clean too. Great pressie for my husband, he loves it.