Perhaps. It's stamped made in USA and looks identical to the wix. I guess we'll see after 10k how it looks. I got 2 of them so I'll have at least 20k of uoa on them. Also those tests were based on a different filter but I see your point.
Edit:. That test is based on filters with cellulose...
Looking good. I like the setup, reminded me of my old weber bullet. I use a clay grill for smoking now but I couldn't fit that many turkeys if I tried.
For poultry I usually use apple and oak. I feel hickory is a little to strong