Don't post much (not much to add ) but I continue to read all the time. Recently "upgraded" from a Smoke Vault to the above Landmann. Still not 100% certain it's an upgrade but my old unit it going to my oldest so that's a positive.
Anyway as those of us with some propane experience know the 1st thing aside from assembly that needs to be done is to add (or replace) a needle valve. I've been using the Bayou Classic model (comes on their burners) - it worked okay, had to eyeball the flame & took a bit of fiddling to get it exact. While it was certainly far better than the "in the ballpark" knob on the unit.
This time I wanted a bit better.............so........I started to think who else needs to control flame (temps)? Brewers? Yep, checked them & it's about the same as the Bayou Classic - ballpark. Stumbled on folks who run a forge.....they need reliable & repeatable temp controls. They also need fairly small changes. To shorten the story I cam across this one:
Yep, it's certainly expensive - $28 = ouch! But it is superb. Notice the marks on the turret - this means once you know a setting you can dial it right in again. This is excellent. It also provides excellent gas flow & very minute adjustments. Example - temp is 225* @ the two marking, change that to be "proud" of the 2 & you get 228* = amazing. Used this valve a few times & it's the same every time - it works as well as the cost would indicate. Smooth operation & very small adjustments (so small you don't see a flame change, just the temp goes up a tad). Worked well enough that I ordered a 2nd one for my old smoker before I give it to the kid.
Anyway, enough babbling..........
On to my question - my unit came with a steel wood box, it's okay but given I like to personalize my stuff (I never even installed the thermometer, went right to the unibit & TelTru) I was looking for a cast iron box...........I can find a cast iron box for a 3605BGD .............. is this the same size? Will it fit? Seems like it would work, just thought I'd check with the experts before I buy it.
And the lid -