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Unread 09-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default BGE, Primo, or Weber 330

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This may seem blasphemous as this site seems to live and die via smoke, but I would like some help in choosing which of the three above items.

Problem: My grill (not barbecue) is about to die and I need a new one.

I use my grill predominantly for Steaks and Chicken. I do like to barbecue, but honestly it has been a few years. Regardless, Ribs would probably be the only food I would cook outside of my current. Also, I occasionally like to flash fry my steaks outside and make a pan sauce using the outside burner. I can't do it inside due to poor exhaust.

So, my issue is I WANT to try something new, but am unsure if I want to transfer to a pure barbecue vice grill. At this point, I can only afford one or the other.

I've heard GREAT things about the BGE, and yet it appears as if the Primo has a few better features (indirect and direct right out of the box, for example). But I'm obviously concerned about comments of the Primo being simply a lower quality knock off. I have a dealer next to me, so shipping costs are not an issue. Also, I would PROBABLY start off with a medium BGE or Primo Jr Oval.

Finally, I've read that ceramic cookers do NOT cook items like Steak very well due to the inability to create a mallard effect. Anybody have any news on this? If this is the case, I'm not sure if I still have a case against the 330...

Thanks!!! I appreciate in advance any help you can give me!!!
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Unread 09-16-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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I sear steaks on ceramics with good results...never used any of the 3 your considering...good luck...

By the time this thread ends you will be told to build a UDS...
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Unread 09-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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just get the gasser and a weber kettle. yer covered !
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I have 3 Weber gasser's and simply have to say that you will never find a better grill for the money.
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Primo is second to none in the ceramic category , nothing i can't do on it. Only ceramic made in the good ole US of A
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Please Google Sazco and then Japanese Kamado cookers. There is a lot of history in these type kamado cookers. They are not conveniently transported. Big AND heavy. Fantastic on a patio at a fixed location though. Dream to cook on.


Check Wikipedia for information on BGE.

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Primo a cheap knockoff???? Speechless there. You must see something I don't. What I do see when I open the lid of my high quality ceramic Primo are the words "made in USA".

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Unread 09-16-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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I don't think you could go wrong with any of them, but it really depends on how you use them. The Egg and the Primo will give you a lot of versatility, but will take a while to get started. The gasser will do a fine job on the steaks and give you the side burner and will be ready to go in a few minutes.

I think there is a lot to be said for the combo of the gasser and a kettle as an option
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I love my large BGE Very versatile Does a Great job on steaks, chicken porkchops etc. I have smoke bacon at 150 and if fully loaded can easily get a 20-24 hr burn Does a great job smokeing butts, brisket and ribs Did a 20lb turkey that was awesome for T day
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Love my big green egg. I've seen the primos and they don't seem as well made. IMO
I've been using a weed burner to start mine for the last five years. Temp 0-650-700 within 10 minutes. Does a GREAT job on steaks. My wife no longer orders steaks in restaurants...only wants mine. See you can save money this way.
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Yea all are very nice...think the Bubba looks very cool.

It's not on your list but there is a UDS kit (Big Poppa) and it has a charcoal basket that lifts up to sear with. I sear my steaks well above 1000 degrees. I reverse sear my steaks in it and when you pull the basket up to sear it burst into flames hot as all get out! By far the best sear station i have ever used...and as a bonus its one hell of a smoker. Also an incredible chicken cooker.
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I've got a Primo XL oval and love it.

Here's a link to the post when it arrived which will show you it's versatility.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ht=grillfriend
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I sear steaks on ceramics with good results...never used any of the 3 your considering...good luck...

By the time this thread ends you will be told to build a UDS...
I would have disagreed with this prediction because normally UDS's dont sear. Except one does it incredibly well. Big Poppa
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Just build a UDS....
Ok jk. You need to buy based on what you want. If you are not concerned with BBQ, personally I would go with a gasser. Its easier, sears, gets the job done.

However, if you're even the least bit interested in smoking in the future, I would personally say BGE simply based on my experience with a few of my friends BGE. They can DEFINITELY give you a sear and color. You just have to know how to tune your fire.
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Just build a UDS....
Ok jk. .
Jeff, i wouldn't kid. This is one hell of a UDS sear! LOL Those seared in less than 30 seconds a side...just got done smoking them.


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I would go ceramic so that you can start experimenting with Q again. As for which one... I like the Primo. If you loose interest though, the BGE can be sold in a heartbeat.
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