Welcome to Michigan. Sorry I don’t have an answer to your question.
I have also been look at stick burners. In particular a Lonestar. They offer 1/4”, 1/2”, and insulated fire boxes. Being in Michigan all the smokers seemed to be built down south so shipping is expensive.
I have a 025 and really like it. I bought it for the charcoal store. Never had any problems with it.
I don't know how to contact anyone at the charcoal store though so I bought my PG500 directly from Cookshack.