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Char-griller kamado kooker

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by cyphertext, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. cyphertext

    cyphertext

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    Anybody have one of these Char-griller copies of the Big Green Egg? My wife bought me one for Christmas and there isn't a whole lot of info out on the net about them. She wanted to get me a BGE, but it was more than she wanted to spend. Any info would be appreciated.
     
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    I was looking to on the BGE and they are way overpriced for what they are. Once they get on the list of top 10 the prices soar unbelievably. If they can get copies made in China the prices will hit bottom , imho.
     

  3. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    What info are you looking for?

    I have a BGE and love it. Keep meaning to buy another.

    If its a real close copy google up the eggheads forum and use the info there as a guideline.
     
  4. SFCSMITH(RET)

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    Buddy of mine bought one at Lowes.. no crap, the second time he used it, the clay lining started falling apart. He took it back, spent a little bit more on the BGE, probably used a hundred times so far, loves it. I am thinking about getting one myself, but I have a 15 year old Ducane that still looks and works like new..
     
  5. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    I would stick with the top four or so with regard to Kamado style cookers. BGE are the most expensive, because they created the market brand, have brand awareness and the majority of the market share. I cook at home and in bbq competition with my Kamado Joe grills. There are basic physical differences and the price point is $200 less than a BGE, but they are essentially identical and perform the same.

    The four options I would consider would be Kamado Joe, BGE, Primo and even the Big Steel Keg (for portability and durability). I love my Kamado Joe, the basic differences are, it's thicker, has powdercoated stainless steel, comes fully assembled and the wood is far superior, it's finished bamboo hardwood, although I hear BGE is moving toward synthetic shelves now because their cypress is junk and stains up quickly.
     
  6. cyphertext

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    Basically looking to see if I should take it out of the box and try it, or eat the cost to ship it back. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but at the same time, I don't want to waste $300.
     
  7. cyphertext

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    This is what I was afraid of. My wife bought this online, so I don't want to deal with things like this.
     
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    So as to not offend her, use it, break it, upgrade. Easy. Everyone wins.
     
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    I like your style..:cool:
     
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    I just retired my old gas grill to the landfill. currently without. was thinking about going charcoal this time with a Weber. I don't know anything about the BGE but I may have to look into that.

    I didn't know you could get a generic BGE. Let us know how it works.

    got a bunch of good years out of my old CharBroil gasser.
     
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    ...thanks. I will check the vids out. definitely going to give those a look instead of racing out to Lowes for another gas grill.
     
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    Wise man!
     
  14. cyphertext

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    Everybody but my bank account! I think this is the route I will go though. Try it out, and begin tinkering if it doesn't work right. Even if it isn't a BGE, it is much better than my current smoker.
     
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    I have a kamado Joe and love it. Well built and is a little cheaper than the BGE. Mine came with the stand and side panels as well as the ash tool. You have to buy all that separate with the BGE.
     
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    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    I'm starting to like VERY MUCH the PRIMO XL grill because of it's OVAL shape!!!
     
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    Go with the Primo XL.

    The oval shape provides more space than the Big Green Egg's round shape.

    The Primo Grill is also made in the USA in Georgia. All of the others are imported.

    I've had mine for two years and it's awesome. I've done everything from baking bread, pizza, smoking, to simply grilling.
     
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    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    The Kamado Joe BigJoe is hitting the warehouses this month. Hang tight if you are thinking of going big. It's awesome.
     
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    I also like the split fire box. Makes for a very versatile grill.

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