Originally Posted by kerbos5
Well coach, I was on the fence on whether to by quality over something cheaper...for me with having 1.5 year old twins that I know in the upcoming years will be running around the backyard while the smoker is turned on, it was as no brainier for me, at the time of purchase I was unfamiliar with the blow back issue......I was trying to channel my inner cheapskate even though I believe you get what you pay for....for a less durable solution and some risk this might be a good unit but for me and my situation it is not, and I cant recommend it due to the safety concerns.....so I folded on Monday, and ordered a Rec-Tec....I put the money I had from the refund, and financed for free for 6 months the rest, why not use other peoples money for a bit if its free. :) I figured with the 6 year full coverage on parts and the integrated algorithms that the Rec-Tec does with its PID, that I would have a much lower chance of another blow up....consider it risk mitigation on my part. Ill report in another thread on Rec-Tec, but its pretty much been covered. I will compare a few cooking sessions against the chargriller and post here any nuances between them for other peoples consideration.
There is almost always good advice in the old adage "you get what you pay for". Now, that's not to say just because you buy a $3,500 Memphis that your food will taste better, but when you're talking quality, longevity, etc., it does make a difference. My grandmother always told me "it's cheaper to go first class" and I have found if you buy a better product the first time and take good care of it, in the end it can actually save you money. Just talk to the guys that own the stuff like Weber, Memphis, Yoder, etc. You don't see a lot of 20-25 year old Brinkmann's hanging around. Not that there is anything wrong with them but people need to make a conscious choice to pay now or pay over time. Just my $.02, everyone has a different approach.