I'm thinking about getting a PG 500. I already have a FEC 100 and cookshack quality cannot be beat. I wonder how clean they are in their environment, like on a deck. Any grease splatters or other messes. My guess is NO, due to the topside construction and forward doors. Also, what is everyone's thoughts on the cover and front shelf. I'm sure the front shelf would keeps some grease splatters off the deck. I will only used this for searing steak and chicken and such. No long smokes, as I still have the FEC 100 for that. I don't' think I'd ever run it for more than an hour at a time.
Mine was one of the first Chaplain, so they may be different now, but yes they leak grease down the legs. You will want to put a piece of plywood or rug under it.