I had my MES 40 for far too long just sitting on the patio. I went to use one day and had to spend an hour cleaning it up before I could turn it on. That was when I decided that HAD to have a cover. I shopped all over looking for something that I thought I could live with. None of the generic covers I came across would get 'er done. So . . . I kept watching Amazon and eBay until I found a price I could handle and bought the one made for the smoker. I'm glad a waited. Now for the question: Should I try to do anything to make the cover more weatherproof? It doesn't get any direct sunlight; so I'm not too concerned about UV, but in Texas we get a lot of radiated sunlight (which, come to think of it, probably includes a lot of UV). I would really appreciate any tips anyone can share about weatherproofing covers.