Originally Posted by geerock
First generation is any model with rear mounted controller, top vent, and a water pan that fits into rack holders. Gen 2 is any model with front controller, side exhaust, and sloped drip catcher with square water pan on the left, wheels. No gen 3. All the earlier designs with rear controllers were build the same in the interiors. New gens have problems still with the controllers, and lack of air flow......... some have other issues also. I had a unit like bearcarver for about 2 years and loved it. Went to a gen 2 this past december and have a 4th unit being sent to me as we speak with about a total three weeks of smoking time on these things since december. I figure 1 more and I can take them all to the scrap yard and maybe get enough cash for another brand. Loved my old model. Nothing but problems with the new.
I figured what you're calling 1st Gen was split in two, because the one like I have had the chip burner assembly problem, and the earlier one didn't. I believe only that one was eligible for the retro-fix. You could be right---I just figured it was #1, #2, and #3 to avoid confusion.
Those first two had different controllers, different chip drawers, different chip dumpers, one had a remote---The other didn't. Not arguing with you, but that's why I called them one, two, and three. Quite different.