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The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« on: July 29, 2017, 08:34 AM »
 Peter Halle did mention in my BGE post, that with all the choices and permutations with BBQ/grilling/smoking  that I'd be screwed. And what an informative and fun thread that turned out to be. Doing the "research" was enjoyable and I learned lots of info  I had no knowledge of prior. So, after spending more time and effort than I spent buying our house, I made a decision and ended up getting a slightly used Memphis Pro grill/smoker at a great price from my neighbor's friend - he's selling his to get the larger Memphis Elite.
 
 I like the kamado cookers and really looked seriously at the BGE, BJ, Primo, Blaze. Out of curiousity checked out the Kamodo Kamado and even spoke with the company's owner - David Linkletter (grandson of TV's Art Linkletter). Those  KK's are handmade over engineered (in a good way) functional works of art and priced accordingly. I was impressed to see something made  with zero compromise and equally impressed with David's customer service and pride in his product.
 
 I like the whole concept of kamado cooking and can see why it's loved by its adherents. There is also a nice mystique - for a lack of a better word about all those kamados and I'm sure would be a conversation starter at many backyard BBQ's. But at the end of the day - literally and figuratively,  I did not want to deal with the stoking of the wood, maintaining temperatures with the vents, etc, not that these are tough learning curves and once mastered are second nature. I also realize that ritual is part of the fun for the real aficionados; but I just wanted a set and forget type of unit.

 Even though I have a Weber gas grill, I did not want to get a smoker only. After tracking down some tips here, I started checking out different grill/smoker combos, reading reviews, visiting a couple of showrooms making a few calls. I liked what I saw in the Memphis Pro - and when one came up used I got it. Its an all in one type unt - grill, smoker and convection oven. Its also made right here in the USA - which is something I tend to look for and give points to. Looks to be extremely well made as one would expect at this level of grill.

 It has a built in temp probe that once set for your type of food - meat, fish, chicken, guarantees a perfectly cooked meal. The pellet auger automatically drops the pellets into the firebox, so no worries about running low on fuel. Again, this set and forget style of cooking/grilling/smoking may be anathema to those backyard pitmasters who really enjoy the nuances and fine tuning of their grills, but it works well for me.

 So a big thanks for the suggestions, pictures and PM's offered here from all you guys.


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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 08:59 AM »
Congrats Bob!

Now that you have a pellet grill enjoy experimenting with different "flavor" wood pellets.

Now I will offer a piece of advice regarding pellets:  Get in the habit of storing your pellets inside and never leave pellets in the hopper in humid weather.  As someone who has seen personally (my own) bags of pellets reduced to sawdust thru just humid weather and has had to disassemble more than once the auger feed mechanism on my Traeger due to the natural expansion when moist aspect of wood products - take heed.

NJ may not be as humid as VA on a normal basis but...

Happy Cooking!

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 09:19 AM »
Congrats Bob!

Now that you have a pellet grill enjoy experimenting with different "flavor" wood pellets.

Now I will offer a piece of advice regarding pellets:  Get in the habit of storing your pellets inside and never leave pellets in the hopper in humid weather.  As someone who has seen personally (my own) bags of pellets reduced to sawdust thru just humid weather and has had to disassemble more than once the auger feed mechanism on my Traeger due to the natural expansion when moist aspect of wood products - take heed.

NJ may not be as humid as VA on a normal basis but...

Happy Cooking!

Peter


  Whoooooaaaaah, I didn't know that. Good advice. Thanks!
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 10:31 AM »
Congrats Bob! I've read your posts with great interest and can relate to the anxiety of trying to pick the right one for you......went through that when selecting a table saw. It looks like you picked a heck of a grill/smoker. Enjoy.

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2017, 11:18 PM »
 Thanks!  But  wouldn't say anxious, as it's an item I was not under pressure to get, jut wanted to do my homework before I plunked down some coin.
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 04:05 AM »
Congrats Bob!

Now that you have a pellet grill enjoy experimenting with different "flavor" wood pellets.

Now I will offer a piece of advice regarding pellets:  Get in the habit of storing your pellets inside and never leave pellets in the hopper in humid weather.  As someone who has seen personally (my own) bags of pellets reduced to sawdust thru just humid weather and has had to disassemble more than once the auger feed mechanism on my Traeger due to the natural expansion when moist aspect of wood products - take heed.

NJ may not be as humid as VA on a normal basis but...

Happy Cooking!

Peter

I learned a lot from the original BGE posts.  Nearly every post presented new information, or led to further research. And now that Bob has made his decision, the info still keeps coming.  This has been a great series.
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 10:48 AM »
Congrats Bob!

Now that you have a pellet grill enjoy experimenting with different "flavor" wood pellets.

Now I will offer a piece of advice regarding pellets:  Get in the habit of storing your pellets inside and never leave pellets in the hopper in humid weather.  As someone who has seen personally (my own) bags of pellets reduced to sawdust thru just humid weather and has had to disassemble more than once the auger feed mechanism on my Traeger due to the natural expansion when moist aspect of wood products - take heed.

NJ may not be as humid as VA on a normal basis but...

Happy Cooking!

Peter

Must be brand dependent, my hopper was 1/2 full sitting outside with the fabric cover through this past winter with no ill effects, one of our wettest winters on record. Same pellets fired right up come spring.
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 02:47 PM »
Over the last four years, I have never had pellets swell.  I store open bags in an airtight container, but I've always left sealed bags on the concrete floor of an unheated garage.  The last time I bought Traeger pellets, I noticed that they've changed the packaging and the bags appear to be perforated for some reason.  It has been dry as a bone here since then, so I haven't had any problems.  Yet.

The Memphis Grills look downright elite, blowing the doors off the Traeger.  I still find it amazing how much less appliance quality a dollar buys when you go from the kitchen to the outdoors.

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 09:05 PM »
Congrats Bob, you'll enjoy it. The plastic containers you can buy to hold charcoal will hold a 40# bag of pellets nicely. Get a pound of thick cut bacon, set the pellet pooper to 250 and cook up some bacon, it'll take around 2 hours. Enjoy.

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 10:03 PM »
Congrats Bob, you'll enjoy it. The plastic containers you can buy to hold charcoal will hold a 40# bag of pellets nicely. Get a pound of thick cut bacon, set the pellet pooper to 250 and cook up some bacon, it'll take around 2 hours. Enjoy.

 Thanks. I'm guessing you mean the storage containers you see at Home Depot and the like? Not a bad idea.
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 09:34 AM »
Was puzzles me is that there is an undertone to this entire conversation that seems to indicate you somehow have to limit yourself to one of the machines that have been discussed.

Haven't you ever heard the old riddle "Why are grill/smokers like potato chips"?

Enjoy, and post some photos of your learning curve.

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 11:19 AM »
Was puzzles me is that there is an undertone to this entire conversation that seems to indicate you somehow have to limit yourself to one of the machines that have been discussed.

Haven't you ever heard the old riddle "Why are grill/smokers like potato chips"?

Enjoy, and post some photos of your learning curve.

RMW

 Richard,

 Not sure what undertone you are referring to?
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 01:23 PM »
Congrats Bob, you'll enjoy it. The plastic containers you can buy to hold charcoal will hold a 40# bag of pellets nicely. Get a pound of thick cut bacon, set the pellet pooper to 250 and cook up some bacon, it'll take around 2 hours. Enjoy.

A clean 5 gal paint bucket is what I use, have piles of them already
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2017, 03:12 PM »
Was puzzles me is that there is an undertone to this entire conversation that seems to indicate you somehow have to limit yourself to one of the machines that have been discussed.

Haven't you ever heard the old riddle "Why are grill/smokers like potato chips"?

Enjoy, and post some photos of your learning curve.

RMW

 Richard,

 Not sure what undertone you are referring to?

It was a tongue-in-cheek-comment. Enjoy the new toy.

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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2017, 04:07 AM »
Was puzzles me is that there is an undertone to this entire conversation that seems to indicate you somehow have to limit yourself to one of the machines that have been discussed.

Haven't you ever heard the old riddle "Why are grill/smokers like potato chips"?

Enjoy, and post some photos of your learning curve.

RMW

 Richard,

 Not sure what undertone you are referring to?

It was a tongue-in-cheek-comment. Enjoy the new toy.

RMW

I know exactly what he means.  I have found, thru 39 years of experience, that if you need one of a particular tool/toy to keep going, there comes a day when you need two. That is just as clear as the smoke from your new grill @ Bob Marino   ::)
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Re: The Big Green Egg - and the "winner" is.......
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2017, 02:05 PM »
Was puzzles me is that there is an undertone to this entire conversation that seems to indicate you somehow have to limit yourself to one of the machines that have been discussed.

Haven't you ever heard the old riddle "Why are grill/smokers like potato chips"?

Enjoy, and post some photos of your learning curve.

RMW

 Richard,

 Not sure what undertone you are referring to?

It was a tongue-in-cheek-comment. Enjoy the new toy.

RMW

I know exactly what he means.  I have found, thru 39 years of experience, that if you need one of a particular tool/toy to keep going, there comes a day when you need two. That is just as clear as the smoke from your new grill @ Bob Marino   ::)
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 Wayne,

 I always admire your way with  words.
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