Welcome to the forum. I graduated from a WSM to a KJ Classic and have no regrets, I really don't miss cleaning out the Weber water pan. The felt gasket on my KJ is still going strong after 2+ years and looks like it will be relatively easy to replace when it finally wears out. The top vent will rotate shut when I close the lid sometimes and I've learned to check for it during my cooks. I understand that the hinge has been changed which maybe a good thing for some, but the spring assist on mine seems to do an adequate job. The really good news is that you can't make a bad decision on this.