Great suggestions, thanks everyone! Is there a noticeable difference between the 1/4", 1/2" and insulated fire box? I plan on getting tuning plates and a drop down shelf. I might just get the solid metal shelf instead of stainless though, not sure yet. I'll also get the 2" valve and the threaded probe holes sound like a great idea. I'm still debating on the log lighter. Superdan, could you explain the flat top firebox? I've seen Gators with a lid on the round fire boxes but is yours a flattop with the lid on top?