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  1. Yeah, as pretty much always, I agree with Jack. He has been kamado cooking for quite a while. After years and years of cooking on a Weber kettle, I started kamado cooking on a Vision Pro C with more contemporary vents with knobs and dials. It was a wonderful grill, but I got into the kamado zen mystic and wanted a basic or classic basic " back to the roots " kamado with a slide bottom vent. I got a large BGE which is almost the exact size and dome tapper of a Vision Classic. If I had started with the Vision Classic, I would probably still be cooking on it. All my after market gear for the Vision fit perfectly in my new BGE and I still use it. Almost all the time I cook only for my wife and I. On holidays I cook for my extended family of 12, and usually cook a large cut like a PR or 13lb spatchcocked turkey, Occasionally we will invite one or two couples from the neighborhood over for dinner. The 18" grate on my BGE gives me enough room and suites how and who I cook for just fine. An 18" should meet your present family configuration pretty well also. However, if you look down the probable road, your toddler, could be joined by a brother or sister or maybe even both, and eventually they will have birthday parties, and most likely baseball / soccer team BBQ's and so on . I would Think you have two paths; on one, you start out with an 18 and see what your needs are in the future. On the other, you figure you will need a bigger grill in the future and get one now. Neither option is a bad one. On the choice between kamado brands. both the KJ and the Vision and any of the major kamado Mfgs for that matter, are high quality grills and capable of turning out amazing cooks. Get what you like and what you think you can afford.
    3 points
  2. JLP. The amount of charcoal consumed, IMO, should be way down on the list of factors considered when making the choice you described. I usually cook for only 2 and my KJ Jr. gets used way more often than my big Primo XL. On the other hand, when cooking for a group or when cooking ribs, having the real estate to cook in large quantities or to lay several racks of ribs flat is not something I want to give up. There are plenty of differing opinions here on which size to buy. I suggest you make a list of your needs and cooking/food preferences (with charcoal consumption way down at the bottom of the list ) to help you decide. Whichever way you decide, you're going to love cooking on a kamado. Good luck.
    3 points
  3. And just like that I am proud new owner of a Kamado Joe classic 18"
    2 points
  4. John Setzler

    iKamand Problems

    Someone posted in the iKamand owner's group on facebook.
    1 point
  5. Charcoal Addict

    Cold weather

    You’ll be fine as long as you don’t heat up the grill too rapidly by using a blower in the lower vent. Short of doing something extremely stupid, you can’t crack your grill in the cold. You’ll have to accept that it will take 10-15 minutes longer to reach temp in extreme cold weather. Aside from longer start-up times & higher lump consumption, it’s businesses as usual. I normally use 25% more lump during the Alberta winter months vs what I consume for the same cooks during the spring/summer.
    1 point
  6. Advice for the weekend from the Air Force.
    1 point
  7. John Setzler

    iKamand Problems

    @Mudbugs Kamado Joe posted today that the problem has been resolved.
    1 point
  8. wildcat18

    Newbie from PA

    Wife and kids bought me a Big Joe for fathers day. I was using a Webber (which I still have) but like to Joe much better.
    1 point
  9. Jeffie if the smell is from your butts that might explain the 18inches of white stuff on the ground here. Send the smell but keep the white stuff please.
    1 point
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