Woodys, my 1400 is many years past warranty. The reason I moded my 1400 was that the original temp control had gone out. Smokin Tex has the best products out there in my opinion and would not have even thought of trying to fix something that worked.
Now as far as the price of the bbq guru don't forget to add the power raptor to your control, and you will still have to rewire it to take the factory thermostat out. so min price would be 237.93 shipped to my house. If I were to use what they recomended it would come to 301.93 delivered. The whole project took me about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Now I guess you could say that a Porshe cost is just a little more than a Kia,