Is the price the same for the 1st model?
I really like both, but would most likely have the door open unless is was truly p*ssing it down.
Posting this here in case anyone can chime in, but I think I'll be pm'ing you soon.
I owned the original then purchased the larger one. If you get Smokehouse to build one for you, my bet is you'll love it. I know my wife and I love ours.