Man that really sucks, sorry to hear about your luck and I totally empathize with what you're saying as I kinda feel the same way. Even though all my Clouds have never had a problem, I have also never owned one for more than a few months at a time and I am a little apprehensive that I will have to go through the warranty process at one point or another OR be completely screwed if something goes wrong after 1 year. This is the risk I decided to take, based on some reports of Cloud longevity over over 1 year (betas). I'm not sure yet if i'm happy with this risk, especially since there are starting to be more and more reports of defective units (as in any industry). I'm just starting to re-think how much i've invested and how i'd feel if my unit went after the 1 year warranty, and like you am thinking about other options. A solution would be to just have a decent backup...it doesn't have to be a backup Cloud, but just something that would satisfy you enough that you wouldn't have to "worry" about the Cloud breaking. I dunno, just a thought....I always said to myself i'd force a T-break if I needed warranty work, or once I settle on a portable, there is the back up. I love using the Cloud this way...although with the smaller loads I don't find the browning as rich as with more flower used. How do you find the taste different? I'm curious if the stainless steel ELB has a taste to it at higher temps? I'm starting to think it does...I always thought it was the herb...but now i'm not so sure anymore.