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Politiceaux
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Member since Feb 2009
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Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?

Sorry if Trayvons.

I've been looking at all sorts of ceramic grills and have so far narrowed it down to Grill Dome, BGE and the Primo. Do any of you own the Grill Dome?

I'm impressed with the thickness of the ceramic of the Grill Dome (1.5 inches vs. .75 for Primo and BGE), the 304 heavy duty stainless steel used on the Grill Dome, as well as the warranty.

I do like the size and shape of the Primo Oval XL, but doubt that it's necessary.

Anyone have any other valuable input either pro or con on the Grill Dome? Any objective reason to buy the Big Green Egg instead, other than owning one and liking it?

I'll primarily be using it to cook steaks at high temperatures, as well as smoking.

Thanks.




Politiceaux
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
Evening bump.


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Tbobby
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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narrowed it down to Grill Dome, BGE and the Primo.


Get the Grill Dome because of the stainless hardware. The Primo Oval XL is too massive and the Oval JR is too small for entertaining. The BGE offers no significant advantages over these 2 competitors other than being more widely available.

The top vent on the Primo is rather primitive compared to the competition, but the oval shape is a more efficient use of grill space.


Politiceaux
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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Get the Grill Dome because of the stainless hardware. The Primo Oval XL is too massive and the Oval JR is too small for entertaining. The BGE offers no significant advantages over these 2 competitors other than being more widely available.

The top vent on the Primo is rather primitive compared to the competition, but the oval shape is a more efficient use of grill space.

Thanks. As of now I feel the same way as well. I really wish Primo made an oval shaped grill between the XL and Junior size. Seems like that would be a better move than one that blends in with all the others, which is what they have with their large. I checked them all out at Shopper's Choice in BR on Coursey this past weekend. They don't sell BGEs there, but had one for comparison.

That's an awesome place. Anyone who has yet to go should do so, pronto. They offered to let me come cook on a few of them before buying, so I may do that.


Tbobby
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
The ideal ceramic grill would be a Grill Dome with its stainless steel hardware and the oval shape of the Primo in a large size. Nobody makes that grill right now.


Politiceaux
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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The ideal ceramic grill would be a Grill Dome with its stainless steel hardware and the oval shape of the Primo in a large size.

I completely agree.


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Uncle JackD
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
Saffire grills have all stainless hardware. Damn good looking grill


Politiceaux
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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Saffire grills have all stainless hardware. Damn good looking grill

I looked at those at Shopper's Choice as well. I really liked the way they looked, but the ceramic was noticeably much thinner than the Grill Dome and the hinge system didn't seem as sturdy. The made in China bit also worried me.


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Politiceaux
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G Vice
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
I know it's all marketing, but some say that the Grill Dome paint will chip very easily, but I don't know. If only BGE would offer stainless steel components, and other color options.........they might have a few more customers.


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jordan21210
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Member since Apr 2009
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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and the BGE:

Image: https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROjzcoqjytUry3pEpehkKhPE5Lx7BjcybgCHuMuWk1ij0C2iMDjg



That isn't the hinge of a BGE. This is:


Sorry for the size, it's the best picture I could find. The hinge is very sturdy on the Large BGE, FWIW. It's the X-large that seems a bit sketchy at times. But they just redesigned it I believe, so it's better now.


Politiceaux
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2009
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
Gotcha. That does look a lot better than the other ones I've come across.


jordan21210
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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Gotcha. That does look a lot better than the other ones I've come across.



Yeah. BGE has had 2 hinge designs IIRC for the large BGE. The latest one being the one pictured, that's what you would get if you buy new. I'm pretty familiar with them bc my family has a store that sells them. To my knowledge, we have had very very very few, if any, complaints/issues with the hinge. If anything, it's usually gasket issues...but I think that's common on most ceramic cookers (they just have to be replaced over time).
This post was edited on 4/16 at 10:56 pm


Lambdatiger1989
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Member since Jan 2012
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
I have a KJ(Kamado Joe). I researched all of the grill and found this one. I love it. Have done low and slow at 200 and seared steaks t 850 no problem. Not trying to hijack the thread just saying have look


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Politiceaux
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Member since Feb 2009
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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The latest one being the one pictured, that's what you would get if you buy new. I'm pretty familiar with them bc my family has a store that sells them. To my knowledge, we have had very very very few, if any, complaints/issues with the hinge. If anything, it's usually gasket issues...but I think that's common on most ceramic cookers (they just have to be replaced over time).
Thanks. I've heard the same thing about the gasket issues. I really appreciate the input. I'm probably too picky for my own good with these kinds of purchases.


jordan21210
USA Fan
Member since Apr 2009
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
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Thanks. I've heard the same thing about the gasket issues. I really appreciate the input. I'm probably too picky for my own good with these kinds of purchases.


No problem. I'm only partial to the BGE because we sell them...so to us, all other brands are the competition

But, personally, I think they are all so similar that you have to really split hairs to chose one over the other. One good thing about the BGE though is the extensive accessory market established for them. Not sure if most or all of the BGE accessories can be used on other brands...wouldn't surprise me though.


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Ziggy
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Ponchatoula, LA
Member since Oct 2007
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
quote:

jordan21210

Where are you located?


Ziggy
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
And to those of you who own BGE's or similar grills, would you recommend the Large or XL BGE?

I definitely plan on investing in one and I'm trying to decide what size would be best.

Any thoughts/comments/suggestions are appreciated.


Sir Drinksalot
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Member since Aug 2005
14925 posts

re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
We have the large with the table. Those nest things don't look sturdy enough for an 800$ grill. It's perfect. We use ours alot, cook for big groups, and I've never regretted not getting the xl.

The guy at the hardware store told me about a customer who knocked his over as he was unloading it from his truck. He was SOL.


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Ex-Popcorn
Member since Nov 2005
1073 posts

re: Does anyone here own a Grill Dome?
I have a grill dome...had it for over a year now. I could not be happier. Seriously, this thing is a beast. 800+ degrees is a piece of cake. Low and slow just as easy. I would buy it over again if making the decision again.

This is my set up:

Image: http://ceramicgrillworks.com/wp-content/gallery/displays/grill_dome_on_table_db067-1600x1200.jpg


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