The Akorn did everything I wanted in a "gateway" Kamado design, maybe more. It's obvious after you own one they are not built to last a lifetime. Mine was always covered and still in a- condition when I sold it. I've always wanted a ceramic cooker. The Oval design of the Primo XL intrigued me, the "Made in USA" sold me. I attempt to live that slogan from the boots I wear to the beer I drink. And now my cookers. Even my VC gasser is old enough to boast that label. Took a while but finally found a toaster and coffee maker made in USA via ebay. I'm not perfect at it. I buy multiple types of lump and briquettes and a lot of it is made well south of Abilene.
Primo XL, Pit Barrel Cooker, Mini WSM,Lodge Hibachi
Craigslist finds Tiernan SOB, New Braunfels Black Diamond, Big Green Egg Mini
By the way, did she mention my name-just in passing?