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Big Steel Keg 05503 Charcoal Grill for Convection-Style Cooking Reviews

Ol' Smokey

BSK is a high performance grill/smoker will cook steak at 700° or low&slow at 225°

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Pros: Is very fuel efficient and temperature stable

Cons: A little pricey but for me was well worth it.

Being insulated the outside dosen't very warm. At 225° you could leave your bare hand on it all day. At the higest I've had it, which is 700°, you can touch for a few seconds without burning yourself. The lid seal makes this a very tight unit making it easy to control the temp. The first thing everybody learns is to not walk away after light the coals. Once the Keg overshoots the intended temp it takes a long time to get it back down. I learned very fast where the draft and vent adjustments need to be for different temps. It's easy to clean the ashes out with the provided tool which also doubles for lifting the cast iron grate out. Fuel efficiency is out of this world, 4 lbs. at 250° will...
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TVOR

Lighter and less expensive; what's not to like?

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Pros: Lower cost; quality construction

Cons: An XL option would be nice

I've been using the Big Steel Keg for several years now and echo everything in the prior review.  It's just like having a large size BGE for less money (and less weight, if you have to move it around).  Temperature control is typically very good, although as noted above, if it gets away from you on the hot side, it can take a fair amount of time to get it back to the desired temperature range, especially in the summer, when outside temps around here can top 100 degrees.  Other that that, it works great!   Any BGE accessories for the large size will work for the Keg, including the pizza stone (yum!).  However, I recommend getting the Keg's diffuser kit/water pan...
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