Cooked on my Akorn for many years with really no issues to speak of. There was a learning curve but it didn’t take long to master the basics. Was so impressed I bought the junior.
my big Akorn shows it’s age it’s rusty and it leaks and just generally looks rough but it functions like the day I bought it.
I did by a KJ really only because I got an incredible deal on a close out model at Lowes. I’ve found The KJ reacts quicker to vent movement is really the only noticeable difference worth mentioning.
The Akron’s downfall is moisture. If you live in a humid or wetter climate, I would not consider it unless you could store it indoors. Other than that, it’s a fantastic grill. Performance is equal to any other kamado I’m aware of.