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BehindtheWoodshed
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BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
In the market....what should I get and where do you guys suggest I go to purchase one. Covington to BR is in play. Family of four, but will do some entertaining as well.


wickowick
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
Primo xl if it is in your budget


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Politiceaux
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
They're all very good but I'm partial to the Primo Oval. Large or XL depends on your size needs. Won't need to cut briskets, roll ribs, etc. Great for simultaneous direct/indirect cooking.

If you are set on a round shape, I'd encourage you to check out the Kamado Joes and Grill Domes, in addition to the BGE.


yellowfin
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
I went with Kamado Joe. Cost a little more than egg but worth it


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Keese187
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
I have the large BGE and haven’t had a problem. I could see doing a big brisket possibly having issues fitting. For the most part it is all personal preference though I will say the new hinge on the back of the Komodo joes are nice. Much easier to open the lid.


golfntiger32
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
LBGE or XL if your budget allows.


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LSU Tiger Bob
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
Primo to fit your budget and needs.


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Uncle JackD
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
Check out BGE, primo, and Komodo joe and see which would meet your needs the best. Those are the 3 major ones that I’d stick with.

I’ve had a BGE for 7-8 years, use it 1-2x a week and it still looks practically brand new. BUT, if I was buying one tomorrow, it would probably be the new Joe’s... they are fricking NICE.


Not sure what your budget is, but if you got a Lil surplus after the pit, look at the flame boss 300 temp control system. I bought one a few weeks ago and it’s legit as hell. Especially for overnight cooks.
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horsesandbulls
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
If you want something a little cheaper, go with the CharGriller Akorn. Not ceramic, but is comparable for about 300. Only issue is it won't last forever. Its what I recommend for those unsure about the Kamado style and those who don't want to shell out a fortune.


Uncle JackD
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
If I were to go the cheaper route, I’d go with the pit boss brand at Costco. It’s $599 and probably functions as good as the major brands but not sure about their warranty.


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Scooby
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
If I were in the market, I would look hard at the Weber Summit Charcoal. It has the versatility of a ceramic, but is lighter and more durable. Has the one touch Ash collection, and comes either stand alone or on a cart. Only problem is they are every bit as expensive as the komados.


unclejhim
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
I'll be getting a Kamado Joe in the near future. One thing that really set it apart is the Joetesserie option. Also Kamado Joe normally does a road show during the spring/summer with Costco.


Uncle JackD
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
quote:

One thing that really set it apart is
The hinge, gasket, and fire box are the tits too.


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ChEgrad
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re: BGE or some other Kamado style cooker.
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If I were in the market, I would look hard at the Weber Summit Charcoal. It has the versatility of a ceramic, but is lighter and more durable. Has the one touch Ash collection, and comes either stand alone or on a cart. Only problem is they are every bit as expensive as the komados.


This is the route I took. Love the Weber Summit Charcoal. Much easier to move than a ceramic, should you need to do that. Just read on BBQ Brethren board a week or two back about a ceramic that tipped while moving. Total loss.

I've only had mine since Thanksgiving, but I cook on it a couple of times per week and it has not disappointed me yet. Temperature control is very good, but I can't compare to ceramic since I haven't had a ceramic. Longest I've gone so far is about 12 hours at 225-250 °F, but I had charcoal left over and didn't quite load it up all the way. It will burn a good long while.


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