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On 5/5/2018 at 6:45 AM, Bgosnell151 said:

Have had mine for 11 months and 6 days, not that I’m counting or anything, and love it.  The gasket is holding up just fine.

Nice! That is great to know! Have you done any high heat cooks on it for like pizza on it? It looks to be exactly like a high quality oven gasket so I'm not really concerned. 

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2 hours ago, Fishwater said:

I’ve looked at the BGE & KJ side by side at my local Kitchen & Company store, no comparison for me, I prefer the KJ. I really want a KJ, especially a Big Joe but pricing seems to be the same (msrp or map?) wherever I look. It’s expensive especially when compared to a Vision but I feel it’s worth it. No road shows in sight for me in NH & not many dealers that are willing to work on price or even have stock so If I can find a deal I’ll buy the KJ but if not for the money the Vision is looking pretty good. Buy the grill you really want now so you don’t wish you did later is the best advice I can give. 

Nashua Costco typically has one if you are patient.  I feel like it was June last year.

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On 5/5/2018 at 8:36 AM, adam319 said:

Ceramic grill store is saying that they beat the road show price right now. May want to give them a call and talk directly

I ended up getting the Big Joe w/ cart (2017 Edition) shipped to me for $1,599 out the door, no sales tax! I think it's pretty hard to get close to that price without a Costco roadshow. The cheapest dealer within 150 miles of me was $1,799 and they wouldn't price match and I saved 7% on FL sales tax! I am so so so excited for the deal I got thanks to a link posted on this thread! 

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1 minute ago, Donnie said:

Nice! That is great to know! Have you done any high heat cooks on it for like pizza on it? It looks to be exactly like a high quality oven gasket so I'm not really concerned. 

Yeah, I have gotten it up over 700, not that I necessarily tried to.  I typically do my steaks around 500-550.

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22 hours ago, TKOBBQ said:

And thus why these threads always degrade into brand bashing and end up getting locked.  Everyone has there opinions and expectations of quality and getting the best bang for their buck.  The OP asked for opinions on two options (brands) not what someone bought and why they think it's better and their foolish if they spend x number of dollars more on their choice.  Let's get back on topic and answer the question he asked.

If I came across as brand-bashing, I apologize.  That was not my intention.  Being unrich, I tend to be VERY value conscious.  Kamado grills used to be the province of either the wealthy or military personnel returning from the far east.  This has, happily changed over the decades to a point of having very functional and affordable cookers available to the masses.

 

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7 hours ago, Donnie said:

Thanks to your link I was able to get the Kamado Joe Big Joe (2017 Edition) shipped to me in FL for $1,599 out the door, no tax, no shipping! They don't even advertise this on their website. I called them because they had a package deal with a free cover for the classic joe so I wanted to see if they had something similar for the Big Joe. Her reply was " we sell it in store for $1,599" and was able to ship it for free over the phone! I can't thank you enough for your link because I was about to drop $1,899 at bbqguys.com! Happy Monday and I'm so excited for my Big Joe to arrive later this week! I fee like a kid waiting for Christmas to arrive! 

 

Wow that's a good price with delivery and no tax. I should have called when I made my Classic II purchase with the freebies!

 

Congrats!

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On 5/4/2018 at 11:08 AM, shuley said:

At that price point they will be extremely similar in cost after you add in accessories and if you take the cheaper Joe deal.  You will also get pretty much the exact same results from everything I have seen posted here.  It is completely personal preference, but know that you cannot go wrong.  Have you cooked on a kamado before?

 

If you have not, I always recommend the Akorn because it is so much cheaper.  That is what I started with to see if I'd love kamado cooking (which I had no idea I would and that I would so so so much) and then less than a year later ended up buying a komado kamado. 

I bought an Akorn as my first kamado for the exact same reason. I love it, and cook on it frequently. I got an Akorn and an Akorn Junior on clearance last year, and I could not have been happier with them, especially at that price point. I have recently cooked on a Large Green Egg, and although I liked it a lot, I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a Pit Boss from Costco. I have smoked up to a 20 lb turkey on the Akorn, and the junior is superb for searing the heck out of a steak. I do pizza and bread baking on my Akorn as well. 

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16 hours ago, Donnie said:

Does anyone have any issues with the new 2017 to vent? I have heard of issues with the paint peeling and excessive condensation buildup. 

 

Mine did it, but I haven’t filed a claim for it. It isn’t a big deal to me.  When it began to chip, I just brushed the paint that was chipping off.  Never got on my food or anything.

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On 5/7/2018 at 6:50 AM, Fishwater said:

I’ve looked at the BGE & KJ side by side at my local Kitchen & Company store, no comparison for me, I prefer the KJ. I really want a KJ, especially a Big Joe but pricing seems to be the same (msrp or map?) wherever I look. It’s expensive especially when compared to a Vision but I feel it’s worth it. No road shows in sight for me in NH & not many dealers that are willing to work on price or even have stock so If I can find a deal I’ll buy the KJ but if not for the money the Vision is looking pretty good. Buy the grill you really want now so you don’t wish you did later is the best advice I can give. 

That Kitchens and Co is my favorite place in the world.  It’s a happier place than Disney. Got my Big Joe there. The employees are some of the nicest I have ever met at a retailer too. Best selection of charcoal I have ever seen too.

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