Originally Posted by SmokerKing
I stopped in last weekend and checked one out at my local Costco, still $599
The ceramic seems to be made of a lighter, brittle material than the BGE. One of the set plates was broken inside and you could see the material, the upper dome edge as also chipped up, the side tables are not level and don't feel like they'll support much weight.
Exhaust vent seems ok, intake vent did not seal well at all, very loose and a gap between the vent and the base. Hinge looked sturdy and the nest looked ok.
I picked one up, didn't notice anything on the inside but it works really well. The side tables definitely are not designed to hold a ton of weight but they held 10lbs of whole chickens just fine.