Been thinking about dropping the money for a bge lately. I know most will say they are worth it but I was wondering about alternatives that might be more affordable but get the same results
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It works 60% of the time all the time......
I own a Akorn $300 +- depends on where you buy it. It is light weight, easily movable which is a PLUS. Is it as good as a BGE or other, yes, no, maybe. There are sight differences in performance, amateurs like me, maybe, will notice but there is a slight difference in performance and other convinces.
I have done pork butts, turkeys. chickens etc. ALL were great(fabulous), so yes they do the job and you can buy about 5 of them for one BGE.
I did my first pizza on the grill a few weeks back and it was AWESOME. Lots of fun experimenting with different food stuff.
Yes it does cook like a real BGE type.
You have to stick with the ceramic ones.
I got lucky & found a Primo for ~30% off MSRP (still Pricey) from a Dealer getting out of Grills & it's a great grill...
Pony up the money for the accessories and a instant read thermometer ( thermo pop works for me).
Lastly, for lighting the lump, you can use yellow bottle Mapp gas with a trigger handle and put the tip under the lump a inch or 2, so there's no sparks flying back. Been on the same bottle for 3 yrs now ( 200 + lights now).
in that time purchased one gasket and two grill grates for the bottom
you'll be the hero in the neighborhood searing steaks at 650, smoking pork at 225
searing chops at 300, grilling mahi mahi and salmon on grill grates