I'm having a hard time finding a local shop that has the GMG thermal blanket in stock (lots of people wanting to use their smoker in Colorado winters I guess) and I finally found a local shop that has one in stock for $80 which is about the going price. They also happen to have one that has about a 4-5" cut in it from when they were unboxing it. They put some super glue on it and the person I was talking to on the phone said he has the same smoker w/the same thermal blanket and he said that it wouldn't bother him if it was his. Normally I would just go for the perfect one but they have the cut one marked at $44.49 so it represents a significant discount over the normal price. It seems as though if it's just the top later the super glue would be a sufficient fix and even if that fails eventually (likely) I can look into other methods of securing it. I suppose it would be a matter of looks if it's right on the front panel or something but man... that's a really good deal on a thermal blanket.
What would you folks do? Seems like a killer deal but will I be kicking myself that I didn't just pay the extra $35? I love a deal more than the next guy generally so maybe that will play into it more then someone who's of the 'buy once, cry once' mindset I guess.