PS: I also 'think' the KJ and BGE warranties are the same but not 100% sure on that.
All things said, I love my Mini more than my KJ - but just because it's a better size for the two of us, and I can get it up to temp MUCH faster than the big honking KJ (essentially a LBGE size).
The KJ on the other hand has been great for things I need to get far away from the fire (spatchcock or other chick, pizza, etc).
I was also interested in the Mini Max but will probably stay with the current setup since it's pretty much the best of both worlds (high dome cooking on the KJ and super turbo charged grilling on the Mini)..but for those who don't already have a Mini, the Max looks like it'll be one heckuva a machine.
That's AWESOME! I take the lump from the last cook out before grilling every time so that I can vacuum the ash out of the firebox. Frankly, it's a PITA - I put on some vinyl gloves, "scoop" up the lump with my hands, put it on a plate on a side table - and get full of soot in the process. THEN I vacuum the ash, and "scoop" the lump BACK into the firebox. This entire process takes more time than I want to spend and is not fun. (I realize it's also not absolutely necessary, but I want to get as good of airflow as possible so that I can get up to temp more quickly also).
This looks like it's going to save me a TON of time every time I cook. Gonna order one today.
BTW, I also don't think letting the community know about a great product is "spamming"..how else are we gonna know what's out there to help us?