Well it seems you have had some bad luck Longevity,I'm sure you'll have much better luck with some other smoker. Cause obviously smokin-it is not the right choice for you.
On a more positive note, i can't wait to fire my #2 up again to do some jerky in it this weekend. I haven't used it since early spring. Thinking of turning it on and getting a little burn in tonight and then the jerky will go in on Sunday Morning. Might even make a little breakfast fatty since i'll have it going.
no problem here with my #3. I did a 8.5 pound butt 2 weeks ago at 225 for 17 hours to rave reviews from dinner guests. It ran all night flawlessly and I awoke to the wonderful smell of slow cooking pork on the porch....just sayin'.........Willie