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Unread 04-12-2011, 09:50 AM   #16
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The only information I could find about this cooker was not great. The one person I found who had tried one had trouble with air leaks and temperature control. I ended up taking it back to Menards without ever putting it together. The price is right, but I'm not sure they have the bugs worked out.
Being that these type of cookers are so heat efficient, an air leak can wreak havoc on temp. control. IMO, I would just try fix the air leak, so long as it was not a huge defect. Plugging those air leaks along with some experience cooking on it, temp. control will be no problem. Each cooker has it's learning curve.
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Unread 04-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #17
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You are probably right, but I wasn't willing to take the time to mess with it. I guess I'm getting old.
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I have the Big Steel Keg and saw this at our Mendards. This unit is definitely built much cheaper than the Big Steel Keg. The top and bottom dampers appear almost cheesy and I would definitely be concerned about heat control for long cooks. Probably okay if all you are going to do is grill, but this unit does not hold a candle to the BSK.
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Menards...enough said. i shop there for a lot of things, but some stuff you really need to be buying under the "buyer beware" thought process. it sucks for me as the nearest other home stores are lowes 1.5 hours and HD at 2 hours.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 10:59 PM   #20
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Is there any more info on this grill? Im considering it for replacement of my Char Broil Gas Grill
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Pictures!!! Please
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I'm glad this came up. They have them on sale for $280 at the Menard's near me this week and I was tempted, but I think I'll just hold out for a BSK.
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The link JS-TX originally posted http://forum.bigsteelkeg.com/index.php?topic=5516.15 has pictures and a good discussion on this. The owner of this one seems happy with it.
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Picked one up at Menards last weekend for $280 (on sale this week). It took less than an hour to assemble. It appears to have a good seal, but will see. It uses the same type of braided seal as your typical oven door seal. Because it's not ceramic, no springs are necessary to offset the cover weight. It instead uses a clamp to insure a good seal. Haven't fired it up yet, as it is in the 30's here in Minneapolis!
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Check where the ash pan gets strapped to the base for a gap. Mines got a pretty sizeable one.
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Get a Weber Kettle!
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any updates on this one? heard a lot of the same "air leak" complaints about the bubba keg when it first came out. folks seem to love them now...
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any updates on this one? heard a lot of the same "air leak" complaints about the bubba keg when it first came out. folks seem to love them now...
I have made some great steaks... But I think it was just the charcoal. Im in the process of switching over from propane
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Thumbs up Big Red Kamado Kooker

I've had this cooker for about 2 months. Love it. I've cooked ribs, turkeys, pork butts,burgers, steaks and pizza. All good. I also have used the QI 110 pitmaster with it works great. I did do some modifacations to the top vent I put in a stronger spring granted it's not a Big Steel Keg but for the money and if you're a weekend warrior like me it's great.
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Any updates on this cooker, looked at one tonight.
Worth while, or just get a BGE, stick with the UDS's?
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