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Post Thu May 09, 2013 4:19 pm
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BGEs and other kamado-style cookers are becoming very popular lately and a lot of our members here own one. Several of you have requested a thread, so due to popular demand the moderators have added this thread for you BGE owners and owners of other similar kamado-style grills.

Feel free to post pics of your new grill, modifications, accessories, comments, or anything else BGE- or kamado-related here. Think of this as a "CharGriller Family" thread for BGE and other kamado owners.

Enjoy! :bbq:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Thu May 09, 2013 4:33 pm
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And yes - before anyone suggests I'm not a BGE fan, I should point out that the next grill on my list is now a BGE, and I plan to get one either this season or next. :D

That's in no small part because of the excellent posts on this board, too. :thumbup:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Fri May 10, 2013 8:14 am
sroach well done
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Location: Warrington, PA
CBG,

I blame Dyal and Griffin for "Making" me buy a BGE, ohh and all Smokin' Girl's posts didn't help either.. LOL

Actual took me two solid seasons to pull the trigger, but I will say I am really glad I did. Still learning how to use it but it's a nice grill.
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Post Sat May 11, 2013 2:34 am
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Location: Southern Californy
I still :heart: my ol' CharGriller Superpro w SFB, but it's like driving an old Pontiac Catalina in terms of fuel consumption. Temptation is terribly great if I can ever fill my piggy bank enough to get one. :lol:
Got beer???

Post Sat May 11, 2013 10:01 am
phillyjazz well done
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Posts: 2980
Location: Philly

My Grill Dome is still alive and kicking, though I am due to get a new gasket soon. The manufacturer sent me a strip of pool table felt and told me to use Elmer's glue... Ever try to make a round gasket out of a long rectangular strip? I did find a gasket maker near me who cut a pair out of thick felt which I treated with fire retardant spray. Should have had two pair made while I was there...

In all, I am pretty happy with it, but I don't participate in their forums or anything. Ceramic owners can be kind of cult-like. People were gushing all over the owner-founder of GD, but I found him clueless about his own product, which caused me months of leaking grief until a fellow forum member who happened to be an engineer deconstructed the hinge / spring / band mechanism and told me how to adjust it. Basically, I got rid of one of the two springs, and have had a nice seal ever since. I'm guessing it is going on eight years. The paint on the top of the lid had deteriorated entirely, bu I would not be surprised to get another 4-5 years out of it. All told, I have probably spent more replacing gassers over the same time period (though the Ducane seems to be holding up better than the cheaper models I had bought before.)
- Phillyjazz -

Grill Dome ceramic / Ducane Affinity 4200 gasser/ Concrete pit
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Post Sun May 12, 2013 11:44 am
jayeffel well done
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Location: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Just got my new grill- a Craigslist item. A Char-Griller King Griller that looks 99% identical to an Char-Griller Akorn (at least to my eyes).

The King-Griller has been sold by Meijer, Gander Mountian, and a few other stores, The only place I've seen the Akorn is Lowe's.

The only differences I can see are the Akorn has an O ring on the upper damper,mm the King Griller does not (at least on parts list), and the utility hooks are placed a little differently.

Now to clean it up and make a few minor repairs, then see what I can do with it. Not sure if I want/need to get rid of the Char-Griller Duo with SFB yet. :cheers:
Chargriller King Griller (Kamado)
Chargriller Duo w/SFB;

Post Sun May 12, 2013 10:02 pm
smokin'gal well done
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sroach wrote:
CBG,

I blame Dyal and Griffin for "Making" me buy a BGE, ohh and all Smokin' Girl's posts didn't help either.. LOL


Don't blame other people for your addiction, lol. :lol: :lol: :)

Post Mon May 13, 2013 8:07 am
sroach well done
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Location: Warrington, PA
smokin'gal wrote:
sroach wrote:
CBG,

I blame Dyal and Griffin for "Making" me buy a BGE, ohh and all Smokin' Girl's posts didn't help either.. LOL


Don't blame other people for your addiction, lol. :lol: :lol: :)



SG you're a pusher and you know it.. sending all those awesome pictures of a full course dinner with desert!!! HOW DARE YOU!!! How can anyone resist... LOL
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Post Mon May 13, 2013 8:57 am
QJuju well done
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smokin'gal wrote:
sroach wrote:
CBG,

I blame Dyal and Griffin for "Making" me buy a BGE, ohh and all Smokin' Girl's posts didn't help either.. LOL


Don't blame other people for your addiction, lol. :lol: :lol: :)


You know it's really more of a cult!! :lol: :shock: :lol: :lol: :oops:
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Post Mon May 13, 2013 12:12 pm
Griffin well done
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Location: Dallas, Texas

I drank the Kool-Aid! I'm in the cult!

I will warn you, ceramic cookers can be addicting and have a tendency to multiply. :mrgreen:

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Post Mon May 13, 2013 1:47 pm
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Griffin wrote:
I drank the Kool-Aid! I'm in the cult!

I will warn you, ceramic cookers can be addicting and have a tendency to multiply. :mrgreen:

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So if you feed that little BGE enough, will it grow up into a big one? :twisted:
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.

Post Mon May 13, 2013 6:47 pm
sroach well done
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Location: Warrington, PA
I wouldn't mind waking up to a a bunch of little ones on the patio.. LOL
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Post Tue May 14, 2013 7:18 pm
Nick medium-rare
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Glad to see this sticky, it would have been useful when I was researching buying a ceramic cooker!! Very happy with the one I picked, ceramics open a whole new experience to smoking/grilling!!
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BeefEater Discovery 1000e 3-burner

Post Tue May 14, 2013 8:15 pm
SRH_21 medium
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Location: Attleboro, MA
I am looking to join the cult now. I finally came to grips that my Char-Griller was past its time and needed to be put out to greener pastures. I am looking at getting a Kamado Joe. They seem to have a lot of great reviews for customer service, warranty, and quality. I am still having trouble though on deciding between a Kamado Joe, a Grill Dome and a barrel smoker (a barrel smoker in the same price range as the ceramics). Any suggestions?
Chargriller
22.5" Weber Kettle

Post Wed May 15, 2013 8:16 am
jfm0830 well done
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Location: Northeastern MA

Yes I will "blame" Griffin & Dyal & QJuju & EddieK & particularly smokin'gal for my new addiction. But I will also thank them. It seems some cults are good.

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And yes they do seem to multiply if you leave them out in the dark very long. Thanks to the wonders of Apple stock dividends I got my first Large BGE in mid-August, Eggcessorized the heck out of it with the next dividend check, and added a second LBGE in early January. My original intent was to add a Small BGE in a couple years, but I quickly saw I needed another one right away. I decided to get a second Large because a Small with new Eggcessories cost more than a new Large with one or two duplicate Eggcessories.

Jim
2 Large BGEs
Kenmore Elite 6 Burner Gas Grill
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