I'm relatively new, as I just got my egg for a bday back in late February. Since then, I've been using it non stop. Sometimes grilling something up quick every night. The wife thinks I'm nuts, as I'm sure the neighbors are as well. I've only done a handful of long cooks since having it. Already it's looking like a seasoned vet. I was just curious as of what state everyone's egg was in. I'm definitely a bit on the lazy side as far as cleaning it goes. (I'm adding flavor, right?). And I haven't quite picked up the habit of using a drip pan. I've only cooked indirect so far....yeah, yeah, I know...so you can only imagine.