Cigar Asylum Cigar Forum  

Go Back   Cigar Asylum Cigar Forum > Non Cigar Specialty Forums > Good Eats

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
jonumberone
Self destructing
 
jonumberone's Avatar
9
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
First Name: Dom
Location: Exit 8A
Posts: 5,423
Trading: (62)
RA
jonumberone has disabled reputation
Default Opinions on Kamado cookers

I've had my eye on a Kamado cooker for some time.
I've been toiling with a BGE purchase, but always get aggravated because I feel like I'm being nickel and dimed.
Fast forward to yesterday, I once again stumbled across this in Costco.

The in-store price was $559 + tax
From what I can find on line, it is the same size as a large egg, and has the same ceramic thickness.
unlike the Egg, this price includes the "nest", side shelves, and a cover.
From what I can tell from my personal inspection, the fit and finish was as solid as the Egg, with the exception of the side shelves, which I thought were a little flimsy.
Most of the reviews I read were positive, but the big question that looms is longevity.

So, any thoughts on this vs the Egg?
Should I save a few bucks, or go with the tried and true BGE?
Any other Kamado style cooker you would recommend?

Thanks in advance!
__________________
Stogeyfish: Dammit, I'm gonna miss Tinkerbell!
jonumberone is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 11:16 AM   #2
billybarue
Still Watching My Back
 
billybarue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 225
Trading: (5)
billybarue has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I've got the same burning question. BGE is made in Mexico, and clearly a quality product that is universally loved by those who have them. Like almost everything else at Costco, their Kamado grill is made in China. But, everything Costco sells is first rate, usually has exceptional guarantee and Costco always stands behind their products. I am very very inclined to go with the Costco Kamado but need to do some research.
__________________
"A Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." --- Thucydides
billybarue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
EricF
Ain't Never Gonna Leave
 
EricF's Avatar
8
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
First Name: Eric
Location: Miramar, FL
Posts: 6,732
Trading: (116)
RA
EricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to beholdEricF is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I saw the same one at my local Home Depot. I went back and forth and finally decided on my Treager.

You may want to talk to Brent since he does have the BGE and get his opinion.
__________________
It might taste crummy, but at least it's huge.
EricF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 11:46 AM   #4
T.G
Mmmm Stogies....
 
T.G's Avatar
13
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
First Name: The Other Adam
Posts: 14,253
Trading: (36)
Navy (Served With Honor)
T.G has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

Quote:
Originally Posted by jonumberone View Post
Most of the reviews I read were positive, but the big question that looms is longevity.
The company that makes these, Visiongrills, has only been around for about 5-6 years now, and, I'm not sure when this particular model Kamado-style grill came out. IIRC, it was 2 (3?) years ago when I first saw this model at costco. So, I'm not sure how much real world longevity can be measured yet.

BGE, on the other hand, has been around for over 20 years and their products have a good track record.

Warranties seem to be comparable, lifetime on the ceramics, 5 years on the metal, wood is 1 year (BGE) or 90 days (Visiongrill).
http://www.visiongrills.com/warranty.php
http://www.biggreenegg.com/support/warranty/

I know someone who has one and they like it. Unfortunately, they can't give a direct comparison to a BGE because they never owned one. I also know people with BGEs and they love them equally to how the other loves their visiongrill kamado, but again, they haven't had both so, any kind of direct comparison isn't possible.

One thing with the BGE, yes, they nickel and dime you to death (or in this case $50 and a $100 bill you to death), but it's usually easy to find parts and accessories locally, as for the Visiongrill, I really have no idea.
T.G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
T.G
Mmmm Stogies....
 
T.G's Avatar
13
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
First Name: The Other Adam
Posts: 14,253
Trading: (36)
Navy (Served With Honor)
T.G has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

BTW, there's also Primo Grills to consider:
http://primogrill.com/
T.G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
76GTFan
Full Blown Section 8
 
76GTFan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 503
Trading: (9)
RA
76GTFan is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I have inspects both. Construction seems a little more solid on the BGE, especially the smoothness of the ceramic. Don't know that it would change the quality comparison. Komodo is about 200 bucks cheaper. I like the Traeger, but really like the ceramic concept. Being able to smoke a butt for 20 hours sounds really appealing. Only ceramics can retain moisture that way.
__________________
That you John Wayne. Is this me?
76GTFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 04:33 PM   #7
omowasu
Fell ROTT
 
omowasu's Avatar
1
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
First Name: Scott II
Location: Chicago
Posts: 288
Trading: (3)
JL
omowasu has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I would get a BGE before any Chinese made Kamado. Some of the Chinese makes are prone to cracking, and all of the Chinese made units are likely coming from two or three factories and just getting rebadged.

There are a couple ways to get a great deal on a BGE - Sometimes you can find lightly used or demo models on eBay and CL. Many of these will include stands and parts so you wont get nickle and dimed (which I also hate and agree with on the BGE).

Also, BGE has a warehouse event once per year where you can get an absolute steal of a deal on a BGE if you are willing to travel there. A friend of mine has two BGEs and goes to their annual event, he purchased his second unit there.
__________________
If I had something smart to say, I would definitely put it here.
omowasu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 09:17 PM   #8
billybarue
Still Watching My Back
 
billybarue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 225
Trading: (5)
billybarue has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

Quote:
Originally Posted by omowasu View Post
I would get a BGE before any Chinese made Kamado. Some of the Chinese makes are prone to cracking, and all of the Chinese made units are likely coming from two or three factories and just getting rebadged.

There are a couple ways to get a great deal on a BGE - Sometimes you can find lightly used or demo models on eBay and CL. Many of these will include stands and parts so you wont get nickle and dimed (which I also hate and agree with on the BGE).

Also, BGE has a warehouse event once per year where you can get an absolute steal of a deal on a BGE if you are willing to travel there. A friend of mine has two BGEs and goes to their annual event, he purchased his second unit there.

Great info. Where is the warehouse event?
__________________
"A Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools." --- Thucydides
billybarue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
8lug
Smoking with the Chief
 
8lug's Avatar
4
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
First Name: Mark
Location: Masshole
Posts: 414
Trading: (13)
Partagas
8lug is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I've been cooking on 2 large BGE's since the early 90's. The lifetime wartantee is worth the price of addmission.
8lug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 07:33 PM   #10
stinkie
Still Watching My Back
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
First Name: dan
Location: In the sticks/Tarlton ohio
Posts: 140
Trading: (2)
stinkie is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

here is my komado cooker .


i've been cooking on it since 2000. but it's been in the family since 1969. i would recommend one of these to anyone



stinkie
stinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 08:34 PM   #11
omowasu
Fell ROTT
 
omowasu's Avatar
1
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
First Name: Scott II
Location: Chicago
Posts: 288
Trading: (3)
JL
omowasu has disabled reputation
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

Quote:
Originally Posted by billybarue View Post
Great info. Where is the warehouse event?
http://www.biggreenegg.com/events/th...-eggtoberfest/

Its annually in a suburb of Atlanta, GA.
__________________
If I had something smart to say, I would definitely put it here.
omowasu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #12
fxpose
Park Drive Smokehouse
 
fxpose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 337
Trading: (0)
fxpose is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Opinions on Kamado cookers

I know its Chinese but if you want to save some big bucks check out the Chargriller steel keg kamado in red. Amazon's got them for well under $225 now and free delivery.

Edit: I guess the red ones are all gone the last I checked. Word got around at another BBQ forum and people bought them up last week.
fxpose is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
All content is copyrighted jointly by Cigar Asylum and the content provider.