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Hey folks!!

 

My boyfriend has been drooling over kamado style grills for years.  We see the BGE displays fairly often at different stores, and he always says "some day we'll have something like this..."   

 

Anyway, his birthday is coming up. I spent a ton of time researching different kamado grills, and eventually decided on the Vision, because it seems like a great alternative to the BGE, and includes some extra bells and whistles.  I ordered one from Home Depot for a bit over $600 after tax, and had it delivered today.  I also ordered a rig that sits in the firebox, and two half-circle kiln shelves to set into it for cooking with indirect heat, and an electric charcoal starter, of course.  (I was going to get the lava stone set up that Vision provides, but wanted something that was more durable than the reviews say that is.)

 

I can't stop researching the Vision vs. the BGE! I know that this probably won't be as high in quality as the BGE, but I'm hoping it will be comparable and that we won't have problems with it.  I'm sure he'll love it no matter what, but I am a nervous nelly.

 

Are there any things I should anticipate having to fix?  How would you rate the Vision against its competitors?

 

Thanks so much!

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@carophill11 - dance with who brung ya.  Get a heat deflector and a good digital multiprobe thermometer.  Get a pizza stone.  Get some good quality lump.  Get some really nice beer that goes with BBQ ... I suggest Landshark.  Light the fire and start cooking!  Welcome aboard.  Now go have fun.

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15 hours ago, CeramicChef said:

@carophill11 - dance with who brung ya.  Get a heat deflector and a good digital multiprobe thermometer.  Get a pizza stone.  Get some good quality lump.  Get some really nice beer that goes with BBQ ... I suggest Landshark.  Light the fire and start cooking!  Welcome aboard.  Now go have fun.

 

Thanks so much!  I've got the heat deflector covered - a spider with two 15" half-circle kiln shelves.  I'm ordering a multiprobe today, along with a cast iron pizza pan and some other accessories, and I've allllways got drinks on hand. ;)

 

Funny story - the grill was delivered yesterday, and it wasn't expected to arrive for close to a week, so I wasn't here to tell them where to leave it when it was delivered.  I was also supposed to get a call the day before delivery, so I could be there when they showed up, but that didn't happen.

 

Welllll, I got home from running errands, AND THE THING WAS SITTING IN THE DRIVEWAY, with a giant sticker saying and showing exactly what it is. My boyfriend was at work, but he sometimes swings by for a minute in the afternoon if he's in the area, so I jumped out of the car and rushed to use my adrenaline-fueled hulk-strength to push it into the neighbor's side of the garage (I'm storing it on their side so he doesn't suspect anything). Mind you, I weigh about 90 pounds, and you know how heavy these babies are - it took me a good 15 minutes of pushing and pulling and inching it along until I got it into a decent spot.

 

I'd just bought a tarp and some twine to wrap it up with until his birthday, so once my sweaty, panting butt had it in the right spot, I proceeded to manically cover and wrap it. Of course, the tarp I'd gotten ended up being too small, so I had to sprint like a crazy person through our sea of confused and terrified kitties go rustling through my old backpacking stuff for a camping tarp that he wouldn't know was mine. I eventually got the thing squared away without the boy showing up during the process - he stopped by about 5 minutes later, though, while I was still sweaty and panicked!  I got home just in time, haha.

 

Whew! Now to wait until the 15th to give to to him!!

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HAHAHAHA  Weighs about 90 lbs?  No, it weights in at more than that!  Try 190 lbs!!!!!

 

You guys are going to enjoy that thing.  I love mine!  It's fun to cook on and my wife and I have really been enjoying the results.

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36 minutes ago, GLOCKer said:

HAHAHAHA  Weighs about 90 lbs?  No, it weights in at more than that!  Try 190 lbs!!!!!

 

You guys are going to enjoy that thing.  I love mine!  It's fun to cook on and my wife and I have really been enjoying the results.

Haha, no, I weigh about 90 pounds!  My boyfriend calls me ant woman, because I can carry things that weigh more than me, haha.

 

And I'm stoked!!  I can't wait.  I'm glad that you and your wife are loving yours! :)

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Ive had mine for a couple months and already done numerous cooks on mine.  I have had no issues with the Vision Pro S except one of the knobs became loose from opening/closing the vents on the bottom.  It was easy to put back together and tighten.  I don't consider that an issue though.  Its made in China, but feels very sturdy and feels that its made with great quality.  Its also easy to put together except for putting the actual Kamado on top of the legs.  You will need to help you bf on that part.  As far as quality to price, I think you made a great purchase.  I don't have a KJ or a BGE, but I'm very satisfied with my Vision. 

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6 minutes ago, MDLG said:

Ive had mine for a couple months and already done numerous cooks on mine.  I have had no issues with the Vision Pro S except one of the knobs became loose from opening/closing the vents on the bottom.  It was easy to put back together and tighten.  I don't consider that an issue though.  Its made in China, but feels very sturdy and feels that its made with great quality.  Its also easy to put together except for putting the actual Kamado on top of the legs.  You will need to help you bf on that part.  As far as quality to price, I think you made a great purchase.  I don't have a KJ or a BGE, but I'm very satisfied with my Vision. 

Welcome, please stop by and introduce yourself.  

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I started off cooking on a Vision Pro C which is almost identical to the Pro S except for the shape of the ash drawer housing, electric starter port, and the knob configuration. The c has a curved housing and the S is square.  Basically they are the same grill in terms of cooking. I turned out some amazing cooks on my Vision, it leaked a bit, but it always held temps I never had a warranty issue other than the gasket. I recommend the Vision high heat Nomex gasket. I cooked on my Vision for about three years. The original gasket lasted about a year but the Nomex was still going strong at 3 years. I eventlally moved on to a BGE because I wanted a classic slide vent kamado.  The friend I gave it to still cooks on it  at least 3 time a week, and loves it. Darn good grill IMO. Enjoy your vision, in my experience it will cook your socks off. Ps. what really topped off my Vision and made it extremely versatile was a Ceramic Grill Store AR Spider Combo. Truly great after market rack worth the money. 

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20 minutes ago, keeperovdeflame said:

I started off cooking on a Vision Pro C which is almost identical to the Pro S except for the shape of the ash drawer housing, electric starter port, and the knob configuration. The c has a curved housing and the S is square.  Basically they are the same grill in terms of cooking. I turned out some amazing cooks on my Vision, it leaked a bit, but it always held temps I never had a warranty issue other than the gasket. I recommend the Vision high heat Nomex gasket. I cooked on my Vision for about three years. The original gasket lasted about a year but the Nomex was still going strong at 3 years. I eventlally moved on to a BGE because I wanted a classic slide vent kamado.  The friend I gave it to still cooks on it  at least 3 time a week, and loves it. Darn good grill IMO. Enjoy your vision, in my experience it will cook your socks off. Ps. what really topped off my Vision and made it extremely versatile was a Ceramic Grill Store AR Spider Combo. Truly great after market rack worth the money. 

 

 

Thanks!!  That's some great information.  I got the spider with some half-circle kiln shelves for a heat deflector, but I'll probably spring for the AR at some point, or he will.  Right now I've kinda gone overboard with other little gifts to go with the grill, and I feel like if I get anything else, he's going to feel bad that I spent too much money, haha.

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1 hour ago, MDLG said:

Ive had mine for a couple months and already done numerous cooks on mine.  I have had no issues with the Vision Pro S except one of the knobs became loose from opening/closing the vents on the bottom.  It was easy to put back together and tighten.  I don't consider that an issue though.  Its made in China, but feels very sturdy and feels that its made with great quality.  Its also easy to put together except for putting the actual Kamado on top of the legs.  You will need to help you bf on that part.  As far as quality to price, I think you made a great purchase.  I don't have a KJ or a BGE, but I'm very satisfied with my Vision. 

 

 

Thanks for the info!!  I'm glad you're liking it!  Yeah, we're gonna have to have at least both of us to lift the grill onto the legs... I might actually have our neighbor help him with that, because I'm a peanut and I don't wanna drop it!  

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5 hours ago, carophill11 said:

 

 

Thanks!!  That's some great information.  I got the spider with some half-circle kiln shelves for a heat deflector, but I'll probably spring for the AR at some point, or he will.  Right now I've kinda gone overboard with other little gifts to go with the grill, and I feel like if I get anything else, he's going to feel bad that I spent too much money, haha.

Well, your not alone there, Kamados put great food in your tummy and make dollar bills fly out of your wallet. The next step in your addiction, if you haven't gone there already, is; even though you received your amazon prime box that morning filled with all manner of grill goodies, when you walk through Home Depot you will find your self drawn to the BBQ aisle. No cure that I know of. :) Happy Cooking Ps. you can do an awful lot with the spider and a couple of stones. That should hold you until your wallet heals. The AR is pretty cool in that it helps you elevate your cooks. You can, with the extender, get your top grate or pizza stone almost 7"s above the felt. You can also cook in layers, as you can put 2 or three separate grates on the rack, and either support a pan will a side dish or two types of meat like ribs and chicken wings. 

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