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Buyers remorse... should have got a BJ?!

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I literally just got my KJ Classic II yesterday and I'm already thinking I should have gone for the Big Joe... my rationale for going for the classic was cost and the fact that I would be cooking for 2 people 90% of the time.

 

However I have a BBQ for my birthday on Saturday and now I realise a Big Joe would have been best.

 

Does anyone have experience with the grill extender grate for multi-level cooking? Would you recommend it? Would you have to effectively cook two of the same type of food on both levels?

 

Sorry if these are noob questions, I am totally new to BBQing.

 

Some pics of my first cook attached too. Just wanted a quick cook to test out the new gear, and it was getting late so cooked up some chicken drumsticks, quick and easy.b7f146b8cd42abd3b698cbc681b39a12.jpg

 

 

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Congrats on your new classic, nothing wrong with multi-level cooking of different types of meats. My rule of thumb though is if cooking chicken and some other meat is the chicken always goes on the bottom. I feel it's safer letting the chicken drippings not drip on the meat below.

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Congrats! I've cooked for 50 on an Akorn before, you should have more than enough room with a Classic to do a birthday party. We're a family of three with a Big Joe and sometimes it seems like a waste to fire that thing up for the amount of food I cook for one meal, especially if I'm just going to sear something that was cooked sous vide. A Classic is more than enough for most small families unless you're entertaining large crowds on the regular. I have a food truck and we cater a little bit as well, I can do about 50 lbs of meat at max in a single batch on the Big Joe and we're already needing more capacity. Unless you have that kind of need, a Classic is just fine. Get the extender grate and you'll have plenty of room! 

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Pick-up an extender. Also, the more time spent on the Joe the more you will get to know how much food you can squeeze into the Classic. Do I want a BJ for the occasional extra large cook...sure, but I can make do with what I have. 

 

It also helps that I have a full-size Akorn and an Akorn Jr. for times when I want want to cook at different temps or with more of the same.

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16 minutes ago, SmoovD said:

Pick-up an extender. Also, the more time spent on the Joe the more you will get to know how much food you can squeeze into the Classic. Do I want a BJ for the occasional extra large cook...sure, but I can make do with what I have. 

 

 

This is the answer buy the extender , I think you will be surprised on how much food you will be able to in your grill

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Call your dealer, he may take it back (maybe -15-20%) and use it as a demonstrator.  

Sadly I don't think this is an option, as I purchased from an online only retailer.


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As was alluded to above, if you only are regretting not getting the BJ for occasional times then you could always go get an Acorn. That would cost  about $300 and give you more room between the 2 of them than 1 BJ would have been. Then you could get back to enjoying your new Classic II with no regrets.

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I subscribe to a different though process on this.  I have all three grills and the Classic is my go to 90-95% of the time.  You will learn quite quickly how to churn out a lot of food on the classic.  I have also never used my extender rack with the exception of a large batch of wings one time in the past.

 

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I guess the best course of action is to see how I get on this weekend cooking for a small group (about 8 people), then at the end of the month cooking for a larger group (about 20), then I'll know if it's worth buying the extender or not. Would realistically only use it 3-4 times a year, if that.


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@KamadoSam - I'm in the same boat as you and what works for me during those larger events is an extender rack as others have mentioned. Once I got used to the classic and how and when to use the extender, I realized that a Joe Jr. would be a nice edition for me. I use the Jr for small cooks, cooking at separate temps than my classic, or different food items than what's loaded on the classic... say vegetables or a dessert, etc.

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2 hours ago, wilpark said:

Were talking about the Big Joe, right?  ;)

 

General rule for me is" think about what I need and then go bigger...goes with cigars, scotch and just about every hobby I have.  Sorry I have never used extended grates.

So glad you clarified that. My response would have caused some embarrasment.

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