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Old 07-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #16
On the road to being a farker
Join Date: 07-12-10
Location: New York

Wanted to give an update. This weekend I went to see both the Akorn and the Visions Classic in person. I think I'm actually leaning more towards the Akorn now. I saw what oldhoss was referring to. Even though the Visions is ceramic, it didn't seem as well put together as the Akorn (although the Akorn had a slightly cheap feel to it as well, I was expecting that given its price).

I like the grate setup better on the Akorn and also liked the swiveling second level grate they have. Also having the inside lip to hold another grate on the inside was a huge plus for me. Also liked how the ash catcher removes on the Akorn - but hopefully this doesn't come with a price in air leaks.

Think I will probably pull the trigger on this sooner rather than later. I figure I can try out Kamado cooking for a few years with this at a small price, and maybe down the line will upgrade to a BGE if I seem to be getting a lot of use out of it.

Meanwhile, I cooked up some amazing pecan smoked chicken thighs and seared ribeye at the same time on my OTS this weekend. Wondering if I would have used the Kamado for this if I had it......
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:19 PM   #17
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Join Date: 06-12-13
Location: Northern Michigan

Originally Posted by hominamad View Post
Also liked how the ash catcher removes on the Akorn - but hopefully this doesn't come with a price in air leaks.

From my experience I think it can.. Last year I had the factory gasket on the bottom of main part of cooker and BGE felt on top of ash pan. Sometimes my cooks would go in streaks 3-4 great low and slow cooks pegging temp.. Than I may have 2-3 in a row that it wanted to creep.. I than noticed it was when I was dumping ash and I would have to assume the seal between the two gaskets when put on determined it..

I smoked my factory lower gasket this winter and BGE felt through stupidity.. Replaced both with Nomex and this thing has been rock solid.. Seeings that it has been rock solid I have been using a shop vac from the top to clean up the ash without removing the ashpan.. Their has been zero variability in my ability to control temps cook to cook..
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #18
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Join Date: 06-13-12

Since you already have a kettle then it doesn't make that much sense to get the Performer as it's essentially the same cooking unit.

I'd reconsider the WSM as it's amazing for smoking and you have the kettle already for grilling
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:02 PM   #19
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Join Date: 07-02-12
Location: Walkersville, MD

Akorn. No doubt about it. It is far more versatile and will hold temp longer than any kettle or WSM. I still prefer my offset for longer, low temperature cooks, but this is more than adequate. Some Home Depots carry an Akorn (apparently down South) with a table set-up similar to the performer. If you found one of those, it should be a no-brainier!
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