I had my silver for twenty years or so and then bought a Performer with the ash catcher. I also have the 26.75" kettle with the ash catcher. Go gold. You won't be sorry.
LBGE, 22.5 WSM, 14.5 WSM, Backwoods Chubby, 26.75 OTG, Weber Performer, Ultra fast Packer green Thermapen, American flag Thermapen