A screen covers the top of the hopper. Meant as a safety feature to prevent fingers from getting injured in the auger chute below, it also prevents one from easily leveling the pellets as they get sucked into the auger. We removed the screen and vowed to keep digits out of harms way. All models have an older style digital thermostatic dial controller with an LED display for set temp and actual temp. The controller has a couple undesirable quirks we'll address shortly.
A heavy ceramic body ensures proper insulation that you can rely on. The side shelves are constructed from all-natural bamboo and can be folded downwards for convenience. Atop the beautifully textured ceramic lid, a large inbuilt thermometer can be easily read even at a glance. An upper flip lid allows you to add on stainless steel grates optimizing your cooking options. There is a total of 567sq” of cooking space available for this grill. A small removable tray allows for ash disposal; making for a quick clean.
I got this for father's day 2017, I've put 120 lbs of pellets through mine. Overall it is great, good price for the money, sear plate is nice for grilling. After a long Texas summer with a lot of use, it now struggles to hold at 225. It will either run at 205 or 235. It used to hold like a champ. I started using a Therm Pro TP08 Dual Probe to confirm and it's showing the same thing. I've tried playing with the P settings but nothing works. My only other complaint is that the paint burned off of the outside underneath. Called customer service, left a couple voicemails, and never got a call back.