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Old 11-28-2014, 09:11 PM   #16
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Join Date: 11-12-14
Location: Providence Forge, VA

Have you considered an Akorn Kamado? They are on sale right now for $299, at that price it's hard to beat what you get. I have been extremely happy with mine and have had very good luck smoking with it. I would love to have a Big Joe but my Akorn does such a good job, I just can't justify the cost to upgrade to a ceramic grill.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:16 PM   #17
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Join Date: 06-19-09
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I have never cooked on a Weber, so I can't compare, but I absolutely love my Kamado as compared to my previous home built charcoal cooker and home built pellet pooper, both turned out great end product, but the kamado is so charcoal efficient and, once I figured out the vents, easy to use, I can literally walk away and not worry about temp swings, even in yesterday's -20, windy, snowy conditions.

Perhaps look at a Primo XL, the oval looks like an awesome alternative for someone who wants more space.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:06 PM   #18
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Join Date: 09-12-14
Location: Dacono, Colorado

I have a performer and use the smokenator in it and love it,and also have a ecb. It's ahard choice I use both so much. I think about getting a ez smoke for the performer. I think if I were to get a new toy today it would be the weber 26.75 with the smokenator then put a ez smoke on it after a awhile it's hard to match the size vs pice vs versatility.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:41 AM   #19
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Join Date: 11-11-09
Location: Northern MN

I think the ultimate may be a Weber kettle with a Cajun Bandit extension chamber. If you are doing a small smoke you can just use the kettle as is but when you want to get after a lot of meat the Bandit makes the kettle a 22 inch WSM. I made my own version of the Bandit and have used it for almost 20 years. I can grill or smoke about anything other than whole hog.
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