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Do any/all KJ Classic owners wish theyd gotten the BJ?

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On 9/25/2017 at 2:08 PM, JaxxQ said:

I have all 3 and love them all and the Big Joe gets most of the work, the Classic is a close second and the Jr. is for camping. If I was only get one it would definitely be the Big Joe, The biggest reason is because most of my cooks are 2 zone which pretty much cuts your cooking area in half 



If all you do are meats then a classic may be all you need.

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On 10/9/2017 at 6:53 AM, Lumpy_Coal said:

... The only reason I bought the Classic first was the true words uttered by my wise wife. "Just get the Classic now that you can afford, rather then wait for the Big Joe which you know you will get later as well."

Wise woman!

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I have a BJ and love it.  I primarily cook packer briskets and found that 18" grills were really not big enough for me given most briskets are somewhere between 20"-24".  Can you fit one on an 18" grill, yes, but it is usually a tight fit for the first few hours until the meat shrinks.


I believe others have mentioned the amount of charcoal required every time you fire it, and the BJ takes a little longer for temp to  stabilize. 

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Ok, I had a couple 18 inch kamado for a couple years BC n BSK.  I got the Big Joe back in early spring. It was my go to every day kooker and was big enough for events where I had folks over. I now own a classic 18 inch Joe as well.  It has become my go to everyday kooker. However it won't be enough on its own if I have folks over. The Big Joe could take care of both every day cooks and larger gatherings. I'm glad I got it first. Had I not stumbled upon a great deal on the classic I would be happily cooking on Big Joe every night. As I got an awesome deal the quicker start up speed and 2017 upgrades make me happy. But again I must say, if you are on the fence, and want just 1 kamado....go as big as you can. You part with a few more bucks, you will forget about that in 2 weeks. But you won't ever wish you had gone bigger. 

Now if you cook for like 2 folks and never have peeps visit...maybe keep it reeled in a bit.

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