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Old 02-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #16
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what's your budget , and what kind of cooking do you do ?
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #17
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I a have a Komodo Kamado and it is unbelievably well built. It was expensive but you can see the quality! It will smoke cheese to cook pizza. Best thing I ever bought! You would not be disappointed and the customer service is first rate.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #18
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Everyone will have their opinion, but I like my egg. I have a dealer within 7 miles, who treats me fairly, has honored every warranty claim i've had, and stocks a good assortment of wood and rubs. I like my egg, but I love the service I get from a local dealer.

Looking forward to adding another one this summer, hopefully!
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:03 PM   #19
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You are looking at 2 very different type of cookers. The Kamado's, including the BGE, are very versatile and are set it and forget it type cookers. In fact, the less you open them during the cook, the better. The offset will have similar type of time requirements that you had with the Banderas. But, the flavor and style of cooking is more what you are used to.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #20
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All kamado's have pros and kons , I've sold and owned several! I'll just list the pros for the ones I've owned
BGE has several accessories , aftermarket and oem
Primo has a unique shape and is made in the USA
Grill Dome has thicker thicker ceramic , stainless hardware , spring assist lid & different colors.
All are great grills and smokers , just different features!
Shirley Fab ( on order )
Primo Oval xl ( distributor )
Vision select
PBC old style
PBC new style
80 gal Big Pappa UDS
PK original
PK 360
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:19 AM   #21

I appreciate everyone's input. It sounds like the kamado style smoker is more efficient than the horizontal style at the trade off of capacity but won't rust. I will go back to haunting the site while I make up my mind. Love listening to everyone's experience.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:38 AM   #22
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Only got my Kamado Joe yesterday morning. By the evening I had cooked some Mediterranean chicken Drumetts!
Then some lambs ribs
And then early ours of this morning, a low and slow pork! 3hrs into the cool
8hrs later, it's done(well crude thermometer)
Then foiled and rested for 2hrs and then pulled
I have only cooked with charcoal/lump a few times prior to this on a crude cooker. The Kamado made it some much easier and easy to maintain temp! No adding more lump as it burnt out of control as in the past. Just start it, let it burn in for a bit, get near the desired temp and start changing the draft to suit. Once set, it stayed pretty well on target!
Gotta say I love it!
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:50 AM   #23
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You can easily smoke 4 slabs of St. Louis trimmed spares or 6 slabs of babybacks on the BGE/Kamado Joe using the Adjustable Rig with oval cooking grids. (Ceramic grill store). With the "Slide Guide" option, you can remove the top and middle grid without removing the entire adjustable rig. (Which is easy to do) You can actually cook on 3 levels if you use the "Spider" and 13" pizza stone as a heat deflector but you might singe the ends of the slab as the stone wouldn't protect them. (You can cover the tips with foil, though).

The offset style cooker is the least efficient style of cooker... and requires the most attention... fun if you have the time and like fire tending. Kamados (including the Broil King Keg) are the most efficient and the vertical smokers are somewhere in the middle. An insulated vertical smoker can be nearly as efficient as a Kamado.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:27 PM   #24
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:01 PM   #25
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I love my Primo! American made! If I am correct they are made in Georgia.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:17 PM   #26
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I love my Primo! American made! If I am correct they are made in Georgia.
Yes, made in Norcross Ga. I used to work a few miles from them. I priced them before I got my XL-BGE. I got them to quote me a blemished Xl and it was more than a XL egg with nothing wrong with it.

I did shop around and got a real good deal on my egg, even went to the egg store in Tucker for a price and still got it else where. Overall it's been the best buy I have ever made.
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