I have been around here for a few years and started out with a large Costco Vision. This is the year, I have told myself to upgrade to a XL version of something.
I went to look at Vision, Primo, Big Joes, XL BGE, and and interesting conversation started when I was discussing the BJ.
The sales person, at an authorized KJ reseller, made some statements that would like your feedback on:
1. KJ, since they started in 2009, have changed the manufacturing plants 3 times in 6 years, thus having struggles each time a plant is changed. Who's this impact the quality of the product?
2. They ship felt to install under the firebox to make the fire box level in the bottom. Wouldn't this melt/burn and since it's made of petro product, potentially cause a "taint" to the food?
3. Lastly, the heat deflector sits into the fire ring, (clearance around 3/8") that there are times that the charcoal will be smothered out since there is very limit air flowing upwards to the meet and out the top. ( I would like opinions on this and how many times with the new D&C system do you have to reload charcoal on a slow cook? -- I never did on my vision and that was after 16+hrs cooks)
Thanks and appreciate your feedback before I make a decision. Right now it's KJ, BGE or a Primo.