Hello! Looking around this site, it sure appears there's plenty of experience. I'm from SW Michigann and have been smoking by wood and propane for a number of years and in all kinds of weather. I've reviewed your thread and posts on control valves as I have a 8 year old Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain Series propane unit that just failed and it's the adjustable gas control valve at the bottom front of the unit. Finding a replacement has been difficult as I've learned that company is out of business. Looking around the web for a replacement as well as locally has not been successful. It might be time to shop for another smoker if it can't be fixed, and I would certainly appreciate some guidance if you have the opportunity. Thanks in advance and I certainly look forward to the new recipes and techniques for smoking.