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Hi guys,

 

I actually want to get a Kamado Joe, but they are extremely hard to come by here in Germany (only two stores, online) and are thus priced ridiculously high.

 

So I found the Monolith Kamados and they appear to be good. Widely available and much cheaper compared to the K-Joe. Is there any experience with these cookers?

 

 

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funk - I've had no experience with Monolith and don't know anyone who has. It seems to be a UK company.

What I would tell you is to check out their YouTube vids, search the 'Net for reviews, and then see them in person. Here in the US we place a premium on dealer support, customer service by the company, and a good warranty. Ask around and see if you can find someone who will let you see a Monolith in action. Kamado cooks are generally always eager to brag about their cookers.

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Most likely the reduced price is due to the quality of the warranty. The higher priced kamados have the best warrantys. There is a company thats ships worldwide and make the best kamados and have the best warranty on the market.

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Nah, I think it's a little different than that, tinyfish. The Kamado Joes over here cost a lot more than they would cost in the US, probably because they don't have a real distribution set up in Europe, so there is a lot of cost involved in getting them over here. Plus there are only 2 (!) dealers that have them, so that adds to the price too. The Monolith on the other hand is coming from a european company (Greece, AFAIK), they have an established distribution channel, they are widely available. The Monoliths over here cost about as much as you would pay for a Joe in the US.

 

That said, I would still prefer the Joe. Their device & conquer system is just very convincing. But without Kamado Joe having a real presence, things like parts replacement, price, warranty etc. all become a serious issue. 

 

Tough choice. 

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Nah, I think it's a little different than that, tinyfish. The Kamado Joes over here cost a lot more than they would cost in the US, probably because they don't have a real distribution set up in Europe, so there is a lot of cost involved in getting them over here. Plus there are only 2 (!) dealers that have them, so that adds to the price too. The Monolith on the other hand is coming from a european company (Greece, AFAIK), they have an established distribution channel, they are widely available. The Monoliths over here cost about as much as you would pay for a Joe in the US.

 

That said, I would still prefer the Joe. Their device & conquer system is just very convincing. But without Kamado Joe having a real presence, things like parts replacement, price, warranty etc. all become a serious issue. 

 

Tough choice. 

 

funk - call Kmamdo Joe customer service and talk to them about your concerns regarding warranty claims, etc.  Presence is not necessarily that big a deal if you have a dealer around, great customer service, parts, etc.  I have a kamado that is built overseas, no dealer network, etc. but the reputation of the manufacturer, the quality of the build are such that I never gave it a second thought.  KJ is a quality company.  Talk to them.  It just may work to your advantage.

 

I wish you well in your decision.

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