Yeah I hear you on that. I still need to get the temp control package for mine. I just cleaned it by hand and pulled everything off. Don't brew as frequently this time of year so I figured I would leave everything off between batches.
Overall I'm super happy with mine. Finding out what works best for me and my process might take some time. Not saying my beer will be significantly better because I have a conical but it opens up a few more doors and makes a few more things easier to accomplish.