I am able to re-cycle fuel on my Gator Pit. Typically I can load my charcoal tray up with coals once and then the next time I cook, I'll just add a handful of new coals and I'll do that for two or three times before I need to fully clean out ash. I could never do that on my CG. You just need to be able to fully cut off the air supply when you are done cooking. I wouldn't mind having a ceramic sitting next to my Gator, but it's hard to justify the expense when I can do everything I need on my Gator. It's really built to be a smoker and not a grill, but I use it as both.
The closest I get to that is my Weber Smokey Joe Platinum portable grill. It only held a few burgers or steaks, but it also only went through 1/4 of a chimney for a 30 minute cook. That's about 1 1/4 pounds a cook, and the Weber seals so tightly when it's done that almost no coals are lost. I've heard this is also the case with Gators and (especially) BGEs, but I don't know how true it is for the CGs and Primos and other kamado-style cookers.