Hey guys, went to my local Menards yesterday and picked up my new Kamado. I chose this one, because, after comparing it to a BGE, they are identical in almost every way. The only differences I've found is that the BGE nest is made of flat steel welded together, and this Kamado's nest is made out of square tube aluminum that has been chrome plated.
Anyway, I couldn't go wrong on price either. The grill was on sale at $389.00, plus I had a $50 menards gift certificate...so for $339 I got the grill, insulated cover, place setter, and two cooking grates with it.
Also, before purchasing this unit, I did a little homework as know one really knew who the manufacturer was, OR if there was any kind of warranty. Anyway, after speaking to some "higher ups" at Menards, I got the name of the manufacturer AND an email address for one of the companies sales people.
The company is called Sunrise Cermics Inc, LTD, based out of China. I actually spoke to a person there, who spoke english, her name is Tricy..she told me they do offer a 3 year warranty on their Kamado, and will replace ANY defective part free of charge for 3 years, minus shipping. THey do have a website also, it's down right now, but she told me they will have it up and running again soon. the website is www.kamadochina.com
Here are some photos of my new smoker/bbq: