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The BGE / Kamado Cooker Thread

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Post Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:36 pm

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OK, posting back regarding the Char Griller Akorn.
Char-Griller responded to me about a week after my request, and made good. Sent me replacement parts, so I'm satisfied. But it still brings up the question about "fire in the hole" and whether misc grease fires below the coals, in the ash pan, should be burning the paint off the outside of the ash pan. Obviously it's not great to have those fires, but if there's a lot of food on the grate and coals below, it's difficult to see what is really happening down in the ash pan.

For my current question: Another poster asked about stones for indirect cooking. I am also wondering about the indirect heat stone that Char Griller sells. Lowes does not stock it in their stores so it's an on-line item. Is this really the thing to do when, for instance, Steven says "Set up for indirect heat"?

Char Griller has the pizza stone, which I believe is thinner, and the smoking stone, which is thicker and the preferred item for indirect cooking. (You can supposedly do pizza on the smoking stone anyway.) Both have three "ears" or "tabs" that rest in the three "slots" on the inside of the kettle. There are a few reviews on amazon about these stones breaking very easily. Does anyone have any experience to share regarding all of this?
Also, when slow-cooking, what is the arrangement of the smoking stone and a drip pan? Do you just lay a drip pan, with an inch of water, right on top of the smoking stone?


Post Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:48 pm
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Location: Northern Neck
When it comes to Boston Butt

Or chicken wings

Christmas ham (country cured)


Or Thanksgiving. turkey, you just can't beat the egg.

But for Fajitas and veggies the old gasser is best.

And for hamburgers you just can't beat the little old hibachi.

Each has its strengths.

I gave up grilling on the egg some time ago. It will grill but when it get up to grilling temps it gets a little scary with the buildup of flammable gas inside that will take the hair off you arm if you are not careful when you open the dome.
Th egg is so stable and predictable when it burns it almost all the suspense out of a long slow cook, and it really can handle a summer downpour and not cool off.

I love it and have cooked things like pizza, bread or baked beans that I would never have tried on anything else.

I wish I could afford one of those jumbo eggs....well maybe one day. :D
Gustatus Similis Pullus

Large Big Green Egg
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Post Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:28 pm
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Location: Stoughton, WI
Those are some nice cooks, Chris!

I don't have one yet but someday I'll probably break down and get one of those Lodge hibachis. Sure, they weigh a ton and don't have a whole lot of grilling area but they just look neat. :wink:

Post Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:21 pm
phillyjazz well done
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Anyone ever see on of THESE?? I'm guessing Uzbekistan or some other place around there ... Asskrakistan ??? Beautiful oven... ... ture=share
- Phillyjazz -

Grill Dome ceramic / Ducane Affinity 4200 gasser/ Concrete pit

Post Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:31 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Wow, they really go heavy on the aesthetics! Looks like there might not be any US retailers, though...might have to import directly. It'd sure be a conversation starter.

Post Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:23 pm
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They're lovely tandoors, but they're of Russian manufacture and that sets off alarm bells for me. Ordering direct from Russia has caused me a few problems because of orders that are processed but never arrive. So personally I'd never order direct as a few times I've paid for something that never arrived - I had to have my credit card company claw back my purchase costs and that took time. Oh - and shipping for something that size will be very high.

As for local suppliers, keep in mind that a lot of imported products like this don't always have a stock of spare parts, and warranty repairs may not be possible. Even if a store stocks a product, they may not stock replacement parts so if it breaks, you are SOL (sadly out of luck). (And a big shout-out to my local Lowes store for proving this painful fact to me. :evil: )

So the above grill would be "buyer beware" in my books, but you're free to pony up the cash and gamble on it. :D
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:22 pm
Buggin User avatar

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Location: NH
I'm a grill tramp. I'll cook on anything.
I will credit the BGE for getting me into the finer art of grilling and smoking. I was just a gas grill joe. Then a new stove
store moved into the bottom of the hill where I lived. They put out a banner with BGE's for sale here.
What the h*** is a BGE? I drove past that banner for weeks before I finally remembered to look it up.
Watched a few video's and it was all over. I had to tell the wife I'd be doing most of the cooking from here on out
to convince her to let me pull the trigger. And she's held me to it. She MIGHT cook twice a week.
Now I've got a couple of Weber kettles and I drool over new types of grill all the time. I've even cooked on the chimney
starter. My wish list is loooong.

Post Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:53 pm
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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So many grills, so little time... :wink:


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