After lurking here and around the Internet looking for the next step in my smoking / BBQ life for many years, I finally pulled the trigger on a new KJ classic III. It was shipped from GA and is being delivered this afternoon. Just to be sure there are no issues, what, if anything, should I be checking for on delivery?
For the past 10+ years I've been using a stainless steel vertical propane smoker / grill that I bought at Costco. I've liked that much better than any traditional BBQ I ever used. My old smoker / grill is quick up to temp, and due to height, no flare-ups, and pretty easy to control. But it's now showing its age and the burner element needs replacement. These are excuses though, because honestly, I've been lusting after a Kamado for years.
The alternate idea that has long tweaked my curiosity, is someday building a custom smoker and grill. I've got a great spot for it. But mainly because I'm sure, over time, that task would end up as a multi-scrape and re-build (or at least remodel) project (mainly to get the smoker engineered right), that if it ever comes, it will be much later. So I plan for the new Kamado to sate my BBQ dreams for a long time.
Because it seems to be so well thought out, after hours and hours of research, I decided on getting a KJ, and the new Classic III seems like the right size for us. Heck, even when buying some lump for the new grill at a nearby hardware store (most everyone has one of these nearby) last weekend, the guy working there (they offer another brand - guess what color?) immediately responded the KJ's were the better way to go. This was right after I sheepishly told him, while standing in front of their display with other customers looking on, that I had bought a different brand of Kool-Aid (apparently they used to sell red).
Since my delivery has been delayed a little, I've already bought several accessories, so I'm anxious to get going. I expect the ride to be a lot of fun. Hey, it's not just a grill, it's entertainment! (Marketing 101 for expensive doodads!)
First I know I should season my new Kamado a bit. But if you have any thoughts, I'd definitely welcome them.
Great forums. Thanks for the help.