One other recommendation after seeing the cooker in the store, for which the stand wasn't assembled as well as it should have been. The Lowe's floor model's uprights weren't tight against the cooker and it appeared there could be a tendency to scratch or damage the ceramic since there was too much play.
On mine I added felt pads with sticky backs on the metal uprights and press the felt against the ceramic rather than the metal arms. Just something you might want to consider.
Other than the issues I noted, so far, so good with this unit for me. I've turned out quite a few excellent meals on it and for the most part don't have a real preference between it and the Bubba Keg with the exception that the BK seems to do better with fuel consumption. I hope it holds up better than 1_T's.
Bubba Keg, Bayou Classic Cypress, Thermos gasser