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Hi, This is my first post. I presently use a Sarka natural gas grill. It's built like a tank, can use charcoal, can smoke, has a a griddle accessory, has a temperature range from 200 - 700 degrees F, has lasted for almost 20 years and will probably last a lifetime. Because it's so versatile, I haven't bought another cooker, which is great. But it also has held back my cooking game somewhat. Because while it does a good job at everything, nothing can be the best at everything.


I am old school where I like to do most things with just a few tools. That's what attracted me to the Sarka in the first place and that is also what is attracting me to the Kamado grill.


Question is, "What do you use in addition to the kamado grill where space is limited"? The Kamado doesn't boil or broil so I am thinking, Kamado, stove top, and pizza oven (buy it as a broiler and get a pizza oven for free). On the fence about keeping the Sarka for convenience because it's takes 40" of counter and space is limited. 


My Kamado choices are 24" Louisiana Grill from Costco or 18" Kamado Joe Classic I from Lowes. They both cost about $750 assembled and delivered. Which is the better choice? 


Thanks in advance. I am looking forward to your opinions.

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58 minutes ago, KismetKamado said:

Welcome @Scallawalla!  Have you been able to look at both options in person? If you are used to cooking direct on a relatively decent sized gasser, you might find the real estate of the classic size to be limiting. 

Haven't seen the KJ 18". Have seen the LG 24", which is really 21" cooking area (24" is OD). I don't usually cook for many people. Four to six people would be the most. I suppose even the 18" would work.


KJ has a better cooking system (divide and conquer), more accessories, and better warranty. LG is larger (even though the extra space is not always used, it still makes it easier) and has the better hinge that makes it easier to open and enables the top to stay open at any angle. To get that feature with KJ, you'd have to spend another $450 for the KJ II.  

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