I've had mine for 4+ years using it at least twice a week and it still runs great! The only time I use the propane torch is when I travel with my small or if it is raining when I light the egg. I use my index finger to hold the trigger down over my thumb and that is much more comfortable for me.
Looks great as always Jim, I too have been away from the forum for awhile. I'm happy to see your still making some great food and using that outdoor area and your remodeled kitchen! Keep up the good work!