I am a new user from Italy - my girlfriend and I have a cheap kettle BBQ on our balcony.. we wanted to upgrade to a nice kettle, then we noticed a BGE for sale in a shop and we're soo tempted to buy it! But I'm not sure about what to buy: we probably want a ceramic kamado (no steel + insulation then), and due to being in Italy I didn't find a lot of options.
I could buy a small BGE (no nest or everything) for 1200€ from the local shop, a medium BGE for 1350 (same shop) or a KJ junior for 700€ from an online shop. My GF is not very keen on buying this online, as she wants a nearby shop we can go to if there is some problem / the shell is cracked/etc.
While I understand that a 33" grill should be enough for 2-4 people when direct grilling, and I should be able to cook pizza, brisket/rib, or fish on a plank, I would prefer the medium BGE over the small. What do you think? Should I go for the medium or the small is enough for us?
If we buy the smaller size, I'd prefer buying the KJ (or a monolith, if the reseller would only reply to my mail), as I see no value in spending 5-600€ more. In your experience buying a kamado online poses risks and should be avoided, or it's just ok?
Thank you a lot!