It's not really any better, but not any worse. I got about 3 years out of my first firebox, and another 3 after i replaced the whole box. I'm looking to replace once more and I imagine I'll have to replace the bottom of the main smoke chamber next time, but if not, I'll just relace the firebox again
btw when I replace the fireboxm I go with new hardware and a new side door. You might be able to reuse teh door, but your hardware will be drilled out.
Date published: 2015-05-10