I am looking at getting a Kamado grill in the near future. I currently use both a Weber Kettle 22’ and Weber Smoky Mountain Cooker 22’. I love both of these grills and they work fine but I am very intrigued by using a ceramic cooker.
I have been trying to educate myself on different brands of Kamado cookers, honestly I didn’t realize there were so many. From what I have gathered the top two brands seem to Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe. After that it seems to be Primo and then Vision, Pit Boss, and Grilla all kind of lumped together.
I am trying to figure out if I should invest in a BGE or a KJ, or just go with a more wallet friendly option of something like the Pit Boss at Costco.
What I need is a Kamado that is at least the size of a Large BGE, that will hold up in the climate of the Pacific Northwest. In my area I can get a BGE Large “starter kit” which includes a nest, BGE charcoal, and a few other items for $999.99. The other one I was looking at was an older KJ on Home Depot for $899. However I wonder if I should just save some $ and go for the Pit Boss.
Any suggestions on which option I should go with and why would be most appreciated.
Is this still in testing? If yes, I would be more than happy to test a unit out. When do you expect it will be out for sale and how much do you anticipate the price being?
Also...I noticed something about the top vent being opened too much on one of the posts....are there recommendations for the proper position of the top vent?
I have been using my KJ 24" for a few years now and love it but it would be awesome if I could regulate the temperature remotely. That way I would not be tied down to staying near it on a long cook. Don't get me wrong...once you get it dialed in, it is amazing how it stays at the temp you set, but it does take a little while to regulate when you add wood or have a big ol' hunk of cold shoulder on it.
Best of luck with this device...if it works as advertised, it should be a huge success (unless it costs an arm and a leg). :)
+1. I am not even certain that I have seen significant increase in fuel consumption in the winter.
@dirty6, if you do a forum search for blizzard, bomb cyclone or snow, you will come across dozens of cooks in far less than ideal situations. I find it greatly impervious to outside conditions. Also, any concerns you have can be greatly alleviated by sheltering the KJ in some manner.