David, I absolutely love my Bell. It heats well, holds heat very well and the draw is great. I never have anything but TBS. (I pre-heat my splits and this is a great help.) Mine likes to run at 250-275* which is a good temp for most of my recipes. I can back it up to about 230* if I want a slower cook and can easily push it to 300+ for chicken or turkey. It is 1/4" in the CC and 5/16" in the FB. Being a little thicker helps the heat retention in the FB.
Craig is a small operation and will give you great attention. When he gives you a price, which is very reasonable, most any small change doesn't change the price at all. I got everything that I wanted and the price was still below even some of the store smokers.
I don't want to prolong the thread any more than necessary. So, if I can offer any details or tips on the Bell, just PM me and I will be happy to answer anything for you.