Here is my Weber Comp setup. At first i thought the Performer was just not worth the extra money above a regular kettle. However, since getting it for a birthday gift, I've learned that the propane burner to start charcoal, the workspace of the countertop, the convenience of the ash catcher and even the "charcoal bin aka trashcan, wood chunk holder, bbq guru protector"...etc... is all quite handy. I've only cooked 4 IBCA contests but you just don't see these pits down here in Louisiana competition too much. My only two wishes were that the lid design didn't act as a rain catch to fill up the bottom of the pit with water and if there were just a better way of insulating them for better efficiency.
2 - 22.5" WSM , Weber 22.5 Performer and a very tolerant, very Beautiful Wife!!
Black & Blue Thermapens!!
KCBS CBJ & TC #55078