I am looking at Kamado Joe grills. A few questions:
1. I'm sold on the quality and the cooking benefits. Now to size. My thinking is the Big Joe will cover me for all cookouts, large and small. However, I don't need that capacity often, and a classic would probably cover 95% of my cooking. I don't mind going bigger, even think it might be smart. But I'm wondering if I do, will I be locking myself into using more coal cooking smaller quantities in the Big Joe? Example, if I'm cooking 4 nice steaks, will I have to burn more coal to cook them in a big Joe vs a classic? I'm leaning towards Big Joe, just trying to understand if I do, am I buying a gas guzzler (coal guzzler)?
2. These things seem to have very long lives. Outside of cracks and something hidden, is there really much downside to buying one a few years old second hand? Anything besides cracks to look out for?
3. I've been reading to see if BGE or KJ has a big enough edge to really matter. Looks to me like they are both incredible products and I can't go wrong either way. Seem right?
I’m new to the forum but just picked up the KJ Classic (but with the black shelving and handle, not bamboo and divide and conquer setup, not the older triangle setup) for $699.99 + tax, clearanced from $999.99 with free ship to store and currently free assembly and delivery on all grills over $399 at Ace Hardware if you’re an Ace Rewards program member (free loyalty program). Haven’t seen the Classic anywhere else for less than $800-$900. I was about to spring for the Classic II, but with this deal at $500 less ($1199 seems to be the prevailing sticker for the Classic II) I decided I could live without the Air Lift hinge and Kontrol Tower (Think I like the cast iron with daisy wheel better for longevity, anyways). Anyways, here is the website, I imagine Ace is trying to clear inventory so they can sell some more Classic IIs.