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Opinions Wanted: Looking to buy a Kamado style grill

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Hi, I wanted to get some feedback regarding which grill to get. I have boiled it down to a few options:

1) Primo round all-in-one $800

2) Pit boss k24 from Costco $599

3) Used BGE $800

 

The pit boss is considerably cheaper at $599, and I hear in August they usually go on clearance for $350. As primo owners, I was hoping to get some feedback on after owning the primo, do you believe it is still worth the premium? I have read some people have had issues with Primo honoring their warranties, so that is a concern as well. Would you buy the Pit Boss knowing what you know today? Or would you still fork up the extra $ for the primo? Are there any large differences between the design and quality of the aforementioned brands? I really appreciate any help you may be able to offer. Thanks!

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I have two Primos a XL and a Jr., have had no need to file a warranty claim but don't feel there would be any issue.  Yes I'd purchase a Primo product again.  Other brands I'd consider would be KJ from a Costco road show or if money were no object possibly a KK.

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when i got my used bge i had a large size i got all the accessories ect  for 650 700 

new price for large is 850 but that is with just the stand and egg with accessories around 1100

if i could go back in time i might be inclined to get a new Joe cause it comes with everything...

good luck choosing but whatever you chose i am sure you will love cooking on any of them

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I dont have experience with the others.  but I personally wouldn't hesitate to buy another pit boss kamado  mind you I havent owned it long term yet.  (I know mine needed some additional gasket to seal it up better) 

 

From what ive read all in all ideally youl want the side tables and deflector ect.. so count that in your expenses no matter what route you go... or atleast its what I came up with...  Ive also read a couple stories about the primo while searching.  Definitely read about more positive claims for the KJ, BGE ect. 

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56 minutes ago, prowe said:

Wow, I have read great things about primo customer service. I have no personal experience with them, but I have read positive things several times.

 

if you dig deep enough youl find someone somewhere with some bad  experiences... not one business can keep every single customer happy. I didnt research primo into as much depth as the KJ... but found a couple write ups that where "meh"  but it doesnt help when your  searching with a title like "common issues with ***   your going to tend to find those types of reviews in the mix.

 

 

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The lesson I have learned living in Canada, is that distribution channels matter greatly.   I would make sure that you have access to multiple regional distributors to ensure that should you require warranty assistance, you are able to get it.   The vendor I purchased from does not seem to deal directly with Canadian customers, so I have to work through my reseller.  My reseller is great, but because of the limited distributors of the particular brand I purchased,  it takes a very long time to get parts when I need them.  (It recently took 10 weeks to get a new diffuser).   

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Having looked at BGE in the UK I couldn't justify the cost after looking at the Pitt boss. It does have flaws but they are well documented In the pub thread and easy to fix. Also lifetime guarantee on ceramics. Unfortunately unable to see a primo in the flesh to check it out. 

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