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Old 09-19-2018, 11:12 AM   #1
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The Slow 'N Sear thread got me thinking about bbq toys. I can cook anything I want with what I have. Like most of you, I don't NEED anything, but I WANT everything; I just have a price point. For example, I was hot for a Big Joe, but in the end it was above my price point for a ceramic grill. I'm not debating the pros and cons of this stuff, but here are some of my price points.


Slow 'N Sear: $30
Thermapen: $40
Looftlighter: $25
Quality Pellet Smoker: $200
Kamado Joe Big Joe with all the accessories: $1000


Obviously, my price point on these things guarantees that I won't have them. My "I would pay that" index isn't as high as my "got to have that" index, but if my neighbor decides he doesn't want his Yoder YS640 anymore and offers it to me for $400, it's mine.



I wanted a Hunsaker Vortex Basket for my WSM, but $134 was above my price point. When Mark came out with the Vortex Plate for $55, I was all over it. Didn't need it, but I'm glad I bought it. What bbq toys do you have a price point for?
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:53 AM   #2
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I'm willing to pay for a quality accessory that makes a difference in how I cook. An example would be the Weber rotisserie. It allows you to do something, rotissereing, that cannot be done with the base kettle. The Weber $15.00 coal baskets can do what a SnS does for most cooks, and are more versatile, too. Buy two sets for your $30.00 and that's a whole lot of options for arranging coals. Two SS mini loaf pans from the discount store hold more water, can serve as a charcoal barrier, and stack neatly for storage.
A Looftlighter is a heat gun, which is widely available for around $25.00.
Many of the BBQ accessories remind me of items marketed for women that are just the same, functionally, as the equivalent for men, but at a higher cost. Go into a restaurant supply store and you can find better quality tools for most cooks.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:55 AM   #3
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I have no price point. Just most of the time no money. But when i save up enough it's mine. Good quality stuff costs money. Always has always will.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:02 PM   #4
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I have no price point. Just most of the time no money. But when i save up enough it's mine. Good quality stuff costs money. Always has always will.
That's sort of my point. If I'm going to use it, and it's easy to store, I buy it. But a lot of the accessories have a narrow use and then you need someplace to keep them.
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No price point, i can buy whatever i want. I could splurge on a 25k rig to sell bbq, but just look at all the rigs for sale. You think they selling because they are rich from vending??


Keeping myself from making decisions i'll regret later is even harder.. Although i will admit, a well kept taken care of smoker retains it's value. Especially these new high quality smoker brands.
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No price point specifically. I usually research any big purchase and look for the point of diminishing returns in quality vs price and will buy in that range. Now, there is also a "cool" factor that can come into play and cause me to spend a few more bucks. These are "big boy toys" after all and if something makes me smile when I look at it or use it that's worth it to me.
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071Z8XXMY...0(Set%20of%202)

I have these instead of the Weber baskets. They cost more, but are heavy gage stainless.

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I used to buy bbq stuff just because people here posted how cool it was. I don't need a shirley but dang that thing is beautiful and it draws a crowd... makes the owner feel good. Great buy.

Roti for my Jimmy... nice for a few months. Just sits in the garage now. Kettle pizza thing. Loved it but eats a lot of lump for 1 or 2 pizzas. Just sits in the garage. BS griddle... never liked it from the first use. It must be user error because I'm the only one. Just sits in the garage.

Now I'm really careful. Don't buy a darn thing regardless how cool sako makes it look. i just ignore his hunsaker cooks.

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I have these instead of the Weber baskets. They cost more, but are heavy gage stainless.
Review said it's smaller than the Weber baskets. Weber baskets are made from aluminized steel and easy to move around. What's the advantage of stainless steel? I'm pretty sure the Weber baskets will outlast my Weber kettle.
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They will last forever. I don't know how thick the Weber baskets are, but I burn up 2 steel charcoal chimneys a year.

The SS baskets are plenty big, and 14 gage
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I also have a roti, kettle pizza and blackstone sitting in my shed. The blackstone always goes camping but that is just about the only use it gets. I just don't have room on my deck for it to be setup and way to lazy to drag it out to cook a burger.


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I used to buy bbq stuff just because people here posted how cool it was. I don't need a shirley but dang that thing is beautiful and it draws a crowd... makes the owner feel good. Great buy.

Roti for my Jimmy... nice for a few months. Just sits in the garage now. Kettle pizza thing. Loved it but eats a lot of lump for 1 or 2 pizzas. Just sits in the garage. BS griddle... never liked it from the first use. It must be user error because I'm the only one. Just sits in the garage.

Now I'm really careful. Don't buy a darn thing regardless how cool sako makes it look. i just ignore his hunsaker cooks.

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I also have a roti, kettle pizza and blackstone sitting in my shed. The blackstone always goes camping but that is just about the only use it gets. I just don't have room on my deck for it to be setup and way to lazy to drag it out to cook a burger.
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They will last forever. I don't know how thick the Weber baskets are, but I burn up 2 steel charcoal chimneys a year.
What are you doing to the charcoal chimneys that it only last 6 months to a year?
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I dont buy stuff for me. I have a $2 price point currently, but when I have money, I never have incentive to buy anything for me. There is always something else we need besides my toys. Occassionally I will get new things on my own...mostly for spe ical days though.
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What are you doing to the charcoal chimneys that it only last 6 months to a year?
Lots and lots of fires
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