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John Setzler
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I'm stoked about firing it up. There won't be a video for it, but I'm going to cook the thanksgiving turkey on it in the morning. I don't want to be tied up with video production tomorrow since I'm on a tight schedule and have to work tomorrow as well. I think the next video in this review set will be the much-sought-after 225° test. I found out with the Akorn reviews that this test seems to be of paramount importance to most people. As you probably know, I cook hotter than that most of the time but I'm going to fire up this grill and park it at 225° and let it ride for several hours...

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From watching it looks like the air control will be at or close to 100%. I can't wait to see more videos.

I have not done a hands on for all of the Kamados but the spring assist for the lid is something that looks great. On the ones I have looked at----the weight of the lid as compared to the AKORN was dramatic. It made me appreciate the CGK.

I am curious is there a reason that you did not go for the bigger KJ?

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John, compared to the CGA the KJ has its grill grate a few inches deep into the grill body. The CGA's grill grate is flush with the lid. Does having the grill grate deeper in the KJ give you any trouble?

No trouble at all. I can cook with the grill grate lower or flush with the lid by using the heat deflector rack. The lower position is better for that high heat searing. If you saw the add-on high heat searing modification I made for the Akorn, its similar by lowering the grate in the KJ down to the top of the fire ring.

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John, compared to the CGA the KJ has its grill grate a few inches deep into the grill body. The CGA's grill grate is flush with the lid. Does having the grill grate deeper in the KJ give you any trouble?

No trouble at all. I can cook with the grill grate lower or flush with the lid by using the heat deflector rack. The lower position is better for that high heat searing. If you saw the add-on high heat searing modification I made for the Akorn, its similar by lowering the grate in the KJ down to the top of the fire ring.

Thanks for the reply. I am glad it does not seem annoying. To me it seemed like it would be. Maybe one day I will get a ceramic grill and I think the KJ might just be it.

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Ace's price right now, and normally are $799. That is for pickup at your local Ace. Amazon has the KJ, also, for $799, delivered to your door. The $699 price was not an everyday price at Ace, but it seems to me I heard some Ace Hardware's ran a special last summer for a relatively short amount of time, for $699.

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John. You've been a great source of information and inspiration. From your videos and web page, I have grown quite a collection of great subscribed channels.

I picked up an AKORN last year to supplement my old 'gasser.' After just one cook on the AKORN, I was hooked on the black stuff. The gasses never saw the light of day again. My son helped me bring the old rusted hulk to the dump just a few weeks ago. I am hooked! I am grilling almost every day that I am home. Everything from low and slow, to hot and fast. From meats, to fish, to veggies. You have got to try my apple smoked, skillet meatballs, simmered in red sauce.

Got distracted there. Sorry.

My question is this. Is the move from the AKORN to the KJ worth it? and if so... details please. You have used them both and I really want to hear your thoughts. A stove shop just two miles from my house just started selling both BGE and KJ. I have been fighting the urge to stop in.

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