I just bought myself a brand new in box Kamado Joe Classic II for $400. I was really eyeing the Weber Summit Charcoal but at $1499 and $1999 for the station
that I had wanted, I felt it was too good of a deal to pass up to learn Kamado cooking on the KJII. Even with buying a cover, griddle and rib rack I'm only slightly over $500.
Try to find the best and fastest way to light the lump charcoal. I'm using those kitchen candle lighters with the starters and it has worked ok. I'm looking at Looftlighter or maybe a propane torch.
Your experience would be greatly appreciated.
Also my latch does not stay shut nor has it since I unboxed it. Since I bought it off someone I don't think KJ will help me on this but wondering if anyone else had a problem with their latch not staying shut. Its like the two components are too far apart depth wise so the top part does really latch
Anyway, cooked an awesome prime ribeye steak as first 'grill' and then did apple wood smoked chicken. Both were awesome