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I got my first mini for $100 on CL looked alot like the one in this article. It was so old it had patent pending stamped across th ebottom but was in great shape. It still had the original gasket on it from like 12 years ago. Even though I got it for $100 I spent like $150 making it how I wanted it with a new bottom vent, new fire ring (the old fire ring was a smaller diameter and wasted alot of cooking area), new cast iron top vent, and new band. If I had known about demos then I would have just got a demo. I got a newew used mini off CL about a month ago for $140 and swapped the bands and sold my older mini to a friend that gives me alot of stuff for $100. I really wanted to keep both of them but I knew he had been looking for a mini for awhile so I couldn't do it. You can find them if your patient and quick.