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Hello, I am from Argentina and here there are only 3 brands of kamado: one from a local manufacturer and 2 different brands that import it from China.
Until 2 years ago there was only the local manufacturer and apparently he did not like that competition comes at a lower price since he is constantly criticizing other brands on social networks.
According to the local manufacturer, their kamados are infinitely superior since they are made by hand with Japanese techniques and with a mixture of materials made by them after years of research that make it generate less smoke and better transfer the accumulated flavor to the food.
I want to buy a kamado but I don't know if what this manufacturer says is really true or not, there should be much difference that I can find. I imagine the answer depends on the quality of the Chinese products, but assuming they are an average standard, do you think it is worth spending so much more for the locally manufactured one? Can there really be a lot of difference? Above the premises does not include thermometer and other accessories.

If it helps, the websites are as follows (but they are in Spanish):

https://www.kamadob10.com.ar/ (local manufacturer)

http://www.kamadoargentino.com.ar/ (china)

https://bigjacks.com.ar/ (china)

 

Thank you very much for your advice!

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15 hours ago, BURGER MEISTER said:

They all look like decent grills.  Without being able to read Spanish, it's difficult to tell one virtue from the other, (availability of accessories, what comes w/grill, warranty.  Warranty being one of the biggest factors IMHO.  Good luck.  

Thanks for your answer!

Regarding the internal materials, do you think there can really be a lot of difference in terms of maintaining heat and flavor? I believe it is a sales pitch, but I wanted the opinion of expert usersre 

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17 hours ago, SIRIUX said:

Hello, I am from Argentina and here there are only 3 brands of kamado: one from a local manufacturer and 2 different brands that import it from China.

 

Thank you very much for your advice!

 

I know Weber sells in some South American countries, do they have any distribution in Argentina?  The Weber Summit Kamado E6 may be something to see if you can source there...

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, SIRIUX said:

Thanks for your answer!

Regarding the internal materials, do you think there can really be a lot of difference in terms of maintaining heat and flavor? I believe it is a sales pitch, but I wanted the opinion of expert usersre 

 

 

I'm far from an expert at anything.  Believe I might be considered a Jack of all trades and a master of none.  I would think with all things being equal, (thickness of ceramics) you wouldn't be able to tell much difference in flavor or heat retention.  They are after all, ceramic and it takes lots of heat to bring them all up to the desired temperature and depending on leaks, all should dissipate the heat equally.  Regarding flavor, it would take someone with a very discerning palate to tell the flavor profile difference from a weber kettle from K_Mart or a Kamodo Kamado.(have you googled that one?)  Another thing to consider, availability of replacement parts if needed.  In the area serviced by Kamado Joe, it was an easy choice for me with their lifetime warranty on ceramic parts.

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