The thing I like most about using welding gloves to tend fires and lift basket in and out of my UDS is when I'm welding, I always get a smell of the grease drippings and such.
I have bought lots of things from HF, and always get the warranty. The only time I've had to use the warranty was on an 18v cordless drill. It quit charging. Got it replaced and it has been working with problems for almost 2 yrs. I also have their Chicago electric brand 90 amp flux core and really like it for small jobs. My advice is to get the warranty on anything you buy there if they offer it.
My arsenal, Stumps Clone, Two Modified offsets, open pit with grate and rotisserie,UDS, and a free to me Weber One Touch Silver 18.5" kettle