Hello everyone! I've got a Camp Chef pellet smoker that I've used now for a few years. Nice machine, I like it. My son is 'raving' about the Kamado Green Egg charcoal grill his friend bought. So, I did some research, and I know you will agree with me that there's nothing wrong with having more than one grill, right? :) Ok, so here's the deal. Today, while browsing prices, I found a very good deal for a Kamado Joe Classic grill. It's the original Classic (1) model. We have a hardware store chain in our area that's got it listed on their website for $699 - regular price is $1,000. The new, Classic 2 is selling for $1,100. So, for comparison reasons, this sale price on the old (brand new) model is $500 less than the new model. I researched the differences and it seems like there's 3 things different. The Classic 2 (new model) has a different seal on the clamshell - the original model is a felt seal. The new model also has a different vent cap, and the hinge allows for easier opening / lifting of the lid. Does anyone have an opinion on these differences and if it's worth spending the extra money? I really like the price point of $699 verses $1,100. Thanks!