I have the pro series model. The top is not the deciding factor in my opinion. The cast iron top that I have leaks too. I have learned to deal with the idiosyncrasy of my kamado. I have put a bucket at times over my top. Take the time to get to know your cooker. You will be happier and financially healthier in the end. my .02 worth
Backyard Disasters are my specialty.
"Tushka" The Black Warrior 24 x 50 offset by TuscaloosaQ, "Libby the Lion" L5000 gasser, and "Vanessa" my Vision Kamado Pro III & "Ruprecht" my Weber Gold OTG
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