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About 5yrs ago I bought a BGE competitor; lets call it brand “X”. At the time I considered several similar coookers-BGE included. I spoke to several folks who knew far more than me and one outfit down south said "I have both, you buy a BGE if you want the community and you are going to travel with it, you buy “X” if you aren't going to travel" -that really resonated with me-because there is no way I was going to start travelling with a smoker -although now I understand why some people do it. Sooo I bought the GD, everything went great first yr-2. Then it started cracking and getting surface fissures. Now this may be my fault as I live in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Michigan and it is exposed to the snow etc. I didn't ever think to cover it up. Now it looks like each time I cook with it that it may be its last-base is starting to crumble, interior is shot. I could probably stretch another season out of it but I'm not convinced.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Would a BGE in snowy Michigan have experienced a similar fate? If you live in the North-do you cover/protect your BGE during the winter months?
thanks very much,