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.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I did not get the front shelf or the cover with mine. I'd heard good things about Mel's custom covers, so I have one on order from her. I also have a small wooden table that I made years ago from 2x4s that just happens to be the perfect height to put in front of my grill and use as a shelf if I need to.