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Post by dukerules » Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:52 pm

Looking to buy a ceramic, kamado grill in the next few weeks for grilling and smoking. Have it down to a classic large Big Green Egg and an 18" Kamado Joe. Have read dozens of reviews, and each has pros and cons. I know a few guys who have BGEs, and they all love them. Does anyone have any experience with the Kamado Joes?

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Post by zepp21 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:01 pm

I guess I don't know much about grilling but are these charcoal only? Grilling or can they also be used as a smoker? The weber I have works great and also has a gas line ran directly to it. Never have to fill it up. But something about these types has always intrigued me.

Edit: I've heard of the BGE but never joes but they seem to be very similar.

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Post by dukerules » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:31 pm

Yeah, these are charcoal. Main advantages are heat retention and heat adjustment flexibility, so you can sear at say 700-800 degrees as well as smoke low and slow, with moister meats either way. Another benefit is pizza, which seems to work really well on these, and tastes almost like pizza from a wood-fired oven .

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Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:56 pm

I'm back to using a gas grill for the first time in years. I'm not happy. I'd also like one of those BGEs.
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Post by 4pfrench » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:48 pm

I'm an Egg whore. Nothing better...steaks at 700 degrees direct and can do a brisket at 235 for 10+ hours on a single load of charcoal.

Stupid price, but so are a lot of things we all like....
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Post by dshap » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:39 pm

I'm also looking into kamado grills. I'm not sure what size to get, and since the BGE is so expensive, I want to get it right. With my gas grill, if I only want to cook a couple things I can turn on just one burner, but I guess with charcoal it's all or nothing.
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Post by 4pfrench » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:43 pm

One of the great things about the egg is that you can get it hot in less than 30 min, cook a few things, and close it up - leaving most of the charcoal intact. I use the same charcoal for several cooks...

Gas will always be more convenient.
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Post by greenlightning » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:29 pm

My father in law tried and tried to find a cheaper alternative to the BGE that was as good. He bought a couple knock offs including a komodo joe a couple of years ago. He ended up with a BGE because there is not a cheaper alternative that is as good.

A picture of the new stand I just got for my BGE

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Post by dukerules » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:00 pm

Thanks, Kris! BGE it is, hopefully next month when s little bonus money rolls in.

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Post by dukerules » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:01 pm

Beautiful stand, too.

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Post by fastward » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:02 pm

dukerules wrote:Thanks, Kris! BGE it is, hopefully next month when s little bonus money rolls in.
Why don't you just start seeing a few extra patients in your garage?

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Post by greenlightning » Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:06 am

dukerules wrote:Beautiful stand, too.
:cheers:

Thanks, Rahul. I predict you loving the BGE and getting into it in a big way :thumbsup:

I'm sure the place that you buy it will let you know, but make sure that you get a platesetter and a good firestarter. One of the best tips that someone gave me is to have a small fan to blow into the bottom vent after you light the lump coal. It will get you to temperature much quicker. This has saved me a ton of time.

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Post by dukerules » Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:11 am

Unexpectedly got the green light to buy one today. I'm getting a decent package deal on a large Egg with platesetter, nest, ash tool, and some lump and fire starter. Can't wait!

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Post by fastward » Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:24 am

dukerules wrote:Unexpectedly got the green light to buy one today. I'm getting a decent package deal on a large Egg with platesetter, nest, ash tool, and some lump and fire starter. Can't wait!
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