Originally Posted by Mrpotamus
I do not have a Bayou Classic, or any other kamado for that matter, but in researching them I have seen many complaints about the Bayou Classic coming with cracked fire boxes or shells, or that cracks have developed shortly after purchase. Lowe's sells them for $699. At that price point, I would go with the Kamado Joe or the Vision. They come with stands and other accessories and seem to have good customer service.
100% in agreement. The BGE/KJ/Primo reviews look a lot better, and those companies seem to stand behind their products a lot more. Akorns are good too.
However, I will say that the bayou classics cypress grill does look pretty cool, but this aint no fashion contest.