I spoke to them on the phone and they assured me that it can be used in pouring rain without damaging electronic equipment. That was my biggest worry. Anyone have experience with that? I was thinking I'd get the cover for when I'm not using it, the rain diverting things for the top, and then either now or toward the end of summer, the insulating cover, which they also said was waterproof. I'm really excited to have a nice pellet smoker though! Been using a big Masterbuilt Propane unit, which I love, but I want more accurate temperature control and the ability to set it and forget it for a while. I spent a while going back and forth between this and the larger GMG with wifi. I really like the look of that one, but I think this one is built a bit better so that was my main reason. Another plus is that they ship, which I can't get with GMG, though I understand shipping is just baked into the price of the smoker :) Any of you use your pellet smokers in heavy rain? I was thinking I might later add a real cheap grill gazebo and just screw it right down to the deck where this thing is gonna live.