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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Should I get the new BKK 10 minutes away or a used BGE 3.5 hrs away?

Here's my dilemma that I need to figure out pretty quick.

I found a Broil King Keg nearby at a store on clearance for $699. That would obviously still have its warranty...

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I can travel to Indianapolis which is 3.5 hours away and pick up a used Large Big Green Egg that is 3 years old for $600 cash. No warranty which worries me some.

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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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If it was me I would ask for detailed description and photos of the BGE. If all looks well get in the car and drive. Also does it come with any of the goodies. The large BGE with a nest, side tables and a plate setter is about $1100-$1200 here. Also you can deal with the guy the BKK is price fixed. Remember cash is King. let us know how you do.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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BKK... steel = no crying one day when it tips over and shatters. This comes from a guy who owned a Bubba Keg and tipped it over about three times wheeling it around.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #4
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Yea, I'm awaiting detailed pics of the BGE. It comes with the nest and side tables and that's about it (no plate setter, cover, etc). From the one pic, the top looks a little rusted, but it's hard to tell. I asked a bunch of questions and the guy responded from work saying there are no leaks, cracks, the gasket is in good condition, and the vent is good. I'm skeptical until I see the pics. I don't want to do a 3.5 hour trip and find out that it wasn't worthy. I'd be kicking myself all the way home.

I'm leaning BKK, but the allure of BGE is tempting me.
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Pit Barrel Cooker 269 free shipping. Lots of sales on chargriller Akorn 299
600$$ is a lot of money for an unknown. Get the two above mentioned grills and the Big Green Egg salt and pepper shakers off EBay. If your heart is set on a Green Egg. Save your money and buy new. Brand spanking I broke it in and know exactly what has been cooked in the porous ceramic AND the method used to start the fire.


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Gonna say BGE all day personally. But the drive sucks unless you can knock off the price a bit to compensate for gas.
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so milage - you said 3.5 hrs - so 7x60=420. 420/20=21 gallons. 21x4=.

Ok after food, drink, everything else, you will have $150ish invested in your quest for a discount. msrp (about) on a lbge is $850, which at least in my neck of the woods is $800 plus they usually throw in some gimmies (fire starters, ash tool, and bag of lump). $750 versus $800. Just buy it new. Which is what I did 2 days ago.

If you want to save pennies, wait till an eggfest.
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Ok, perhaps rough numbers and not fair, but you have to ask yourself what you want, and what the warranty is worth to you. I valued it.

That said, now for the depressing part. I fully intend to make my own table, so I did not include a nest in the price. I am getting busy at work, so no clue when I will build that table - and until I do, I have an egg tied upright so it can not fall over, but can not be used either. I highly suspect that in the course of events, I will end up roughing out my table to get cooking, then finishing in a couple months. I mean really, I don't need a table top - just 4 boards to hold the egg in place. Shelving, that can wait too. Bet I can make a working skeleton so I can be cooking before November... Or I might just pick up a couple to 2x4's and make an egg crate for it.

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I have five eggs, one was purchased new. I was never worried about the warranty issue. So far I have replaced a firebox on the mini, and the large firebox is cracked, but its still cooking without issue. I also have a bubba keg, and I have to be honest, it cooks like the egg. Long term though, I am pretty sure my eggs will outlast my bubba keg.

The bubba keg is for traveling, the eggs don't move, so they don't fall over and break.
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I would personally go with the KEG..
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I'd have to agree with Adams. Get an Acorn and a PBC. Or build a UDS. Or get the Vision At Costco while it is on sale. A used Egg would scare me. They come with a lifetime warranty for a reason. And the Keg is nice, but $699 seems steep. Is it the 2000 or 4000 model? The 2000 is pretty stripped down.

At the end of the day, you can cook good cue on a lot of grills. No need to spend a bunch of money, especially if you are a beginner. Start slow, find what you like, and then invest.
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I picked up the BKK as I elected not to go 3.5 hours to see a kamado that may or may not work out. I felt 699. Was a good price as I haven't seen it that low for brand new anywhere. Yea I could've got a cheaper acorn and got an offset, but then my wife would've been all over me for my grills taking over our patio (have a weber genesis too).

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Great score congrats..........
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And since I'm not patient I already seasoned it and cooked a bone in split chicken breast. I just lightly seasoned it and smoked it with the hickory I put in for the grill seasoning. just olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and a little rotisserie seasoning. I just wanted to see how it came out - not bad! I can't wait to try it again when I take more time to prepare a cook. The potatoes were just leftovers from the weekend.
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I'd have to agree with Adams. Get an Acorn and a PBC. Or build a UDS. Or get the Vision At Costco while it is on sale. A used Egg would scare me. They come with a lifetime warranty for a reason. And the Keg is nice, but $699 seems steep. Is it the 2000 or 4000 model? The 2000 is pretty stripped down.

At the end of the day, you can cook good cue on a lot of grills. No need to spend a bunch of money, especially if you are a beginner. Start slow, find what you like, and then invest.
It's the 4000 model. It goes for about 899 about everywhere I've looked. Pretty happy with my purchase at this point ;)
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I have five eggs, one was purchased new. I was never worried about the warranty issue. So far I have replaced a firebox on the mini, and the large firebox is cracked, but its still cooking without issue. I also have a bubba keg, and I have to be honest, it cooks like the egg. Long term though, I am pretty sure my eggs will outlast my bubba keg.

The bubba keg is for traveling, the eggs don't move, so they don't fall over and break.
I'm a buckeye season ticket holder and yea the trailer hitch thing was in the back of my mind (although not the primary driver)... I do tailgate quite a bit in the fall. We'll see how this does on the road lol.
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