Did they tell you why the price increased like that? I was just about to toss out my old one with the busted zipper, glad I didn't now.
I get that but they were almost 1/4 that price like 2 years ago. Also the hopper lid keeps the water out even without a cover. And FYI, its gremlins you cant get wet or feed after midnight.
"What sort of people are these charcoal masters? They behaved badly and were unconcerned with appearances. Their hair was long and unkempt and their clothes were wrinkled and old. They drank beer to and from the crab house and they made rude noises while we cooked." Tao of Charcoal