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Hello, I'm Al. Transplanted Texan living in SW Ohio. Picked up a Big Joe a few months ago and trashed my rusted out stick burner. Fan of all things Texas, especially Texas Barbecue. Nothing cute, just salt 'n peppa. Favorite smoking wood is cherry but pecan is quickly growing on me, if I could only get my hands on some. Attempting to get used to the much lighter smoke flavor of the Kamado. Spend most of my time talking myself out of buying additional Big Joe accesories.
Hello, So I will try to keep this short... but that usually does not happen... Started Cooking back in 2003 when realized that most of our diet came out of the center of the Store... Boxed, processed.... Fish Sticks, nuggets, and other crap.... the fast pace and quick meals had gotten the best of my wife and I... with kids and all... Kids are active, the burn the stuff off.... We didn't.... We started to cut out the prepared processed foods in our diet.... My wife is a great cook but from the south... which is great... but everything that we ate required a stick of butter, gravy and some kind of bread and desert. So needless to say it was not helping what the Doc had been telling me.... Drop the weight and get your butt in shape.... So that is when I started grilling, beef, fish, chicken, turkeys, venison, game hens, vegtables, etc. Have been on gas grills since then cheapo's early on and a better one now.... Have smoked on gas Brinkman for since '03... til it crapped out... and went to an electric Masterbuilt last year. I can say that I miss my gas Smoker... The electric I am not a fan of, but it does have a few good uses... I have learned how to smoke fish, both hot and cold temp control is pretty good ... and make pretty good Jerky which you can't do easily on gas or a traditional charcoal... So after talking to some folks and researching a lot, a Komodo seemed to be the best all around option. That is my backgound now want to share my experience that lead to my purchase today.... Buddy has a Vision from Costco.... payed $650 Saw some posts that you may be able to get it for $300 around now because of end of season. Called all the Costco's withing about 300 miles... NO LUCK Had seen the Chargriller @ Krogers... for like $350.. over the summer... but nobody knew anything about them. Spent 3 hours today watching the "Redneck Grillmaster" videos ... and reading reviews on the Chargriller. This was awesome... Called most of the Krogers around --- there are alot in Cincinnat ... Kroger Headquarters is in Cincy.Nothing, Notta, Nowhere.. Reading Posts today I looked at Home Depot.... Nothing in the stores.... would have to order. Then saw where guys were getting them at Lowes... so checked a couple of around here... was hit or miss for $299 nothing real close to the house. Then I was reading about what else to buy besides the Grill.... Weber 7441 rack, pizza stone, fire starters, lump Coal... One of the posts mention getting some of the thing at Menards... which i don't shop much... But there is one close to the house so figured I would check to see if they had any grills... Well they do... Here is what I found.... Big Red Kamado... On Sale $259 Plus a Menards Rebate which takes it to $230.... Hopefully, if anyone is on the fence this may help them to take the leap... I saw this a great low cost option to start a new addiction as John put in in a separate post.... We'll be talkin'.... Shoey