Do people just not buy covers for these things? I have a Weber Spirit that people bitch they rust out. I've had it almost 8 years and keep it covered. There's slight paint bubble on the base but no visible rust at all. My plan was to keep it 10 years then but a Genesis and move it to the chain.
My spirit lives outside under a Weber cover. 3 years and it still cleans up to almost like new with a simple green wipe down. Recteq stays under a cover in the garage. Too much electric shit for me to leave it outside. When my ship comes in I’ll tear out my current back patio and have an outdoor kitchen built.
It's pellet smoker right? I bet if you kept it under 300 and used just as smoker it would be fine. I know a lot of pellet smokers are markets as a swiss army knife but my opinion is if you use them just at smoking temps, they'll last longer. The smokefire I have has a bad reputation for jamming and having grease fires. I think most of that is caused by people searing and having all the grease drip down to the firebox. But I could be wrong, I have had no issues with mine.
I think most people having fires aren’t cleaning out the fire pot. The ash build up puts the fresh pellets at the level of the auger tube and it burns right to the hopper.