You've nailed it... I have a BGE... cost no more than a Kamado Joe, but only because I bought a "demo" (for an Eggfest that never materialized). If I were shopping now, I'd go with the KJ (Maybe the Big Joe). I have a friend who has a small BGE and a Keg... He loves the Keg... Better fuel usage than the small Egg. I'd look at the Keg, too. Whatever you get, make use of the two BGE forums... the "official" one and the original one www.greeneggers.com
. There's a huge searchable database of information on Kamados as well as recipes and pron.