Pros: Great price, easy ash cleaning, new model improvements
Cons: must contact Char-Griller for accessories
The new model with the black top vent is an improvement over the previous stainless steel silver vent (older) model. The new black cast aluminum top vent now has a large o-ring washer to seal it air tight to the top of the Kooker. Make sure you buy the unit with the black top vent and you will have the new model. The bottom of this unit drops down and comes off completely after releasing the two latches to clean the ashes out. Much easier than digging in the vent hole to clean the ashes. The unit has a metal exterior, triple insulated including the bottom, with a porcelain interior. Like most grills and kookers the temperature gauge is not accurate so cheers for the Maverick ET-732. My unit was 70° off. I can keep the temp at 200° to 250° by closing the bottom vent completely and the top vent open very slightly. Start the coals using the minion method and watch the amount of air you let in the unit. The bottom line is that this unit has done a great job for me so far. It is priced right and is built very well. The two drop down tables are a nice standard feature. This unit comes in Black and Red depending where you buy it.