I have had 3 original kamados in my lifetime. Bought the first in SE Asia in '68 It lasted about 5 years until I moved and it was dropped by the mover. in the last 5 years I have bought 2 kamados from estate sales also and did some restoring to them. When I use them I keep the temp under 375F or so. I also have 3 BGEs so high temp cooks just get done on them. Welcome to EGGland.
We were up in South Carolina near Denmark on the Edisto stream for a week and missed you'll including our eggs. Rumor has it that this is an original pre-Civil War BBQ Relic. But you know those Southerners. Hope you'll had a safe and fun weekend.
How about RD? There is one in your area. A few years back I called the one in Orlando and said I was doing a charity cook--for myself--and asked if they had a one day pass. The manager told me if I paid cash I could visit. Worked great.