The Kamado Kooker black Akorn by Char-Griller is $229 on sale at Lowes ($20 less than two years ago when I bought the Big Red Kamado Kooker.) Two or three wall insulated top and bottom with wood stove insulation vs. BGE heavy, with spring assisted lid opener, no stand $700 min. I know you don't need a smoker. Once you have experienced insulated smoking (MES), going to a bullet smoker as I have had in '97 is a step down. My Kamado Kooker, shown in my avatar IMO is better than the MES. 20 briquettes, not lump=24hrs.@225*F . With a big removeable ash pan because BGE can't accomadate the ash from briquettes. Stay insulated Rick!
You can relax, Kurt. I am so insulated I have no idea what is happening in the outside world. Ignorant is bliss especially if you surround it with clouds of wood smoke rising up out of my MES. I haven't stepped outside my house (except to the backyard) since 1975. That would make it 2, no, 3 years ago, right? That was the year the rabbit ears on top of my 19" Sony Trinitron broke and I my Harman Kardon 330A AM/FM Stereo receiver blew a transistor. I haven't had any news from anywhere. I sprained a finger dialing a number with my Western Electric rotary dial telephone so I unplugged it from the wall.
Do you know if Saturday Night Live is still on the air? I was really looking forward to seeing the premiere show till my TV went down.
I've seen the Kamodo Kooker's at Lowe's. Don't know the difference between the red and black models and don't understand how they're different from the BGE and I've no desire to own a BGE. But you confuse me, sir. You said your KK in your opinion is better than the MES. But then you lauded the virtue of insulated smoking of the MES and advised me to stay insulated. I'm nota Char-Griller fan anyway. And any way you look at it my MES 30 remains a great smoker for a lower price than those others, which is why I bought it in the first place.
Edited by daRicksta - 9/2/15 at 6:40pm