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Unread 02-15-2013, 03:00 AM   #1
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After a LONG 2 years of not getting to run a smoker at all after a career change and move, I am getting ready (within the next six months) to buy a smoker again.
Option one, a small trailer horizontal pit....prolly find something homemade here in Georgia.
Option two-green egg
Option three--Kamodo grill.

Ready and willing to hear suggestions and input.

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Unread 02-15-2013, 05:29 AM   #2
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Ckk,
I think before anyone can give you any recommendations you need to give a bit more info about what you would like to do with your new cooker. Once you do that then the experienced folks around here can give some recommendations based on your needs. Otherwise they'll be speaking to what works best for them and may be totally wrong for you.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 05:33 AM   #3
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I'd go with the akorn b/c I'm cheap, but the green egg, kamado joe, and primo are all excellent kamados.
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I hear ya! I am picking up a Kamado Joe at 9am tomorrow! I put a lot of thought into it but I am still a little apprehensive lol! I think people will twist your arm with what they have or what they love!
I actually was going to get a Weber kettle again, but after seeing a Kamado, I reckon it will do most of the cooking I will need. I like the idea of low and slow but the fact is a pizza oven, steak searing and general oven in the one item. Only time will tell!
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For versatility and ease of operation, you cannot beat a Kamado style cooker... Whether it is a Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe or an Acorn. There are big differences in quality and price but they work similarly.

You will get two other pieces of advice... "Build a UDS" and "Buy a WSM"...
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For versatility and ease of operation, you cannot beat a Kamado style cooker... Whether it is a Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe or an Acorn. There are big differences in quality and price but they work similarly.

You will get two other pieces of advice... "Build a UDS" and "Buy a WSM"...
Everything Shirknwrk listed would be a good option.

The pbc is a factory made uds that costs more but is much better to look at (it fits in a lot better in my neighborhood) and cooks up some good cue as well. You'll hear one or two people bash it though- it just very recnetly made it through its trial by fire on this forum.
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Either the Big Joe or the XL BGE. I have the large BGE and its not big enough for spares or large cooks.
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I really like my large BGE. It can easily do a 20 hr burn with the lump I put in I use a Guru but there are others who can adjust it without a devise like Guru and maintain temps. Can do high heat cooks. Lots of accessories available at the ceramic grill store. I can only speak about the Egg but have heard people are very happy with the others and then there is always the UDS
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All depends on what you cook and how much you cook. A kamado style grill is very versatile and efficient so the BGE would be a great choice. Your option #3 says “Kamodo Grill”. Do you mean a Kamodo Kamado? These are super nice but the price reflects this. If you can afford one go for it as you get a super nice cooker and a conversation piece / yard art in a single purchase.
If you just meant kamado grill then I have a Vision kamado and there are lots of other choices out there. (KJ, Primo, Grill Dome, Acorn, Etc…) With the accessories I bought from the Ceramic Grill Store I can do ribs but if I ever had to cook more than 2 racks it would be tight and I’d have to use a rack and possibly trim or cut them in half. I can also do up to 4 butts. I really like my Vision but if I had to do it over I’d probably buy a XLBGE or Big Joe.
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Thanks all for the replies. We are purchasing a property with some land. I love having company so was thinking of a small horizontal trailer smoker so I could slap on a feed. My previous two smokers were Banderas and I did fine with them. Usually only had one or two pieces of meat inthem but there were about a dozen occaisions when I had it COMPLETELY full. The Bandera was very wood hungry and took a lot of attention to keep the temp. I didn't mind at the time but have a lot less time than I used to. Also I am looking for something a little longer lived...I cooked the two banderas into rust.
The Green egg and Kamodo wont rust out and are less wood hungry but have less capacity. I have never seen a Kamodo egg style smoker in person so don't know how it compares to the BGE. This Is why I asked for and appreciate all the opinions. Happy to hear anyones opinion. I have months before I commit.
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I vouch for the Kamado Joe ;)
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I have never seen a Kamodo egg style smoker
What do you mean here? Are you talking about the Komodo Kamado, Kamado Joe or something else?
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What do you mean here? Are you talking about the Komodo Kamado, Kamado Joe or something else?
I guess the Kamado Joe. I didn't know anything about the Komodo Kamodo. The egg type smokers are interesting to me b/c it solves the rust issue I had with the Bandera.
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I guess the Kamado Joe. I didn't know anything about the Komodo Kamodo. The egg type smokers are interesting to me b/c it solves the rust issue I had with the Bandera.
Bandera's are pretty badass cookers too. I wish I had one in the stable. As far as kamdo cookers go, they can do anything. Smoke, grill, bake. You cannot go wrong with Kamado Joe.
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I guess the Kamado Joe. I didn't know anything about the Komodo Kamodo.
Here is a Kamodo Kamado. Like I said, a super nice cooker and a conversation piece / yard art in a single purchase.

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