I live in North Georgia. I have an offset wood smoker and an electric upright smoker and a regular gas grill. I've been cooking since I could reach the stove. I've been professionally trained as well as thoroughly trained from Grandma, Grandpa, and Mom! All now passed away, but I have ALL of their books and recipes! I'm really looking to get into the pellet smoking. I have the opportunity to but a brand new 700fb for $250. It's from a relative. He buys pallets and sells the stuff. That's why I know It's new. But it would not come with any warranty. While I know it's a good deal, there are things about it I'm not crazy about. But The price is right. Not a fan of the holes in the back but I've seen the smokestacks online. Not a lot of room inside either. My problem now is that I watched a video about cleaning out the fire pot with a vacuum, etc. And a video on the PB Pro series 1600 where the fire pot was removable from the front. I really liked that concept. But it's price is too steep. The 1600 online mentions nothing about that feature that I've seen. Are there other models that have that easy clean fire pot? And possibly the pellet dump hatch as well? Thank you in advance. I'm also on the smoking meat forum for many years.