I've got a Primo XL and an Akorn. They are both very good smokers/grills. I've done the mods on the Akorn in regards to the gaskets and it's still not great holding temps. Especially if it's windy. Now maybe it's just MY unit because I've seen the vids and know it's possible.
I also am concerned about how all that metal is going to hold up in a few years.
There is a huge gap between a $700-$800 BGE and the Akorn. My opinion is: if you don't see yourself having enough money in the long term for a ceramic cooker, then the Akorn is a solid compromise.
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