So after my last comp this past weekend I realized I needed something better than my grill to do chicken on. I wanted to go with a BGE or Kamado but after doing a bunch of research today I decided its not really worth the money in my opinion. I know they are great but from what I have read the Akorn is fabulous after you do a few mods. I prefer tinkering with my cookers. it makes them one of a kind and you can be proud of making something work just how you want it. So I drove over to Lowes and they had 3 left but 2 were being held. The 3rd was the floor model that had a small ding in the lid (should be able to hammer it out) and a small alignment issue when closing. No after playing with smokers the last few years I knew the alignment would be easy to fix once I adjusted the hinge a little but I didnt let the manager know that. complained that there was a dent and alignment issue was severe that it would cause leaking so he gave me 20% off. The mods I want to do are listed below. Please let me know if you know of any others that are great for this cooker. Remove gaskets and replace with fiberglass ropes. Expanded metal on top of charcoal grate to prevent small pieces of lump from dropping in Grab a heat diffuser. would the large BGE one work. I can get those for cheap. I have seen some mods on the air intake but dont really understand what was done. can anyone explain It looks like the inner porcelain is easily removable. Thought about jamming more insulation in there. You think this would work?