First off welcome to SMF, I think you're gonna like it here
Yes, it is a lot of money to spend on a smoker. In a perfect world nothing would ever wear out. Problems happen with everything from cars to smokers. The thing to remember is people like me didn’t start posting the fact that our smokers worked right out of the box you're only seeing post about problems. Should you have a problem with your AmeriQue Cookshack will do their best to remedy it ASAP.
It took me 3 years to pull the trigger to buy my AmeriQue, but then I had a Smokette to use in the mean time. I have used my AmeriQue almost every weekend for a year now and never have had a problem with it.
While you’re waiting on delivery check out Smokin’s 101s and other forum posts so you can hit the ground running when it gets there
Don't forget to let us know how it goes