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Maybe instead, Pre-Sales Questions should be called NOOB Questions...
There is a Pre-Sales forum but it seems to be the illegitimate, red-haired, step-forum (no offense to gingers or b*astards) - there is very little activity in it. I haven't bought my EGG yet. Nor has user ShoresDiver. He (I assume he) has valid questions that someone here can answer. Maybe they have been answered already - in that case? How about a link?
Until I hit it yesterday, there were like, 4 views. WTF? Here's his message - http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1143430/am-i-making-the-right-decision-please-help#latest
And my, not-informed-by-experience answer.
This Pre-Sales forum should be better monitored IMHO. I haven't bought an Egg yet but, very probably will. OTOH, I could very easily decide to buy a Primo or other simply based on lack of interest in this forum. Just sayin'.
First impressions carry a lot of weight. Pre-Sales is all about first impressions.
I've been lurking here for a while and am picking-up information as I go. Also from NakedWhiz and BBQ-Brethren.
Some things are self-evident as far as my needs go:
1- EGG not offset smoker
2- Large (or maybe XL)
3 - Some kind of WiFi accessible controller
4 - Stainless charcoal grate?
5 - Nest -
6 - PlateSetter
7 - Some kind of device to maximize the # racks I can cook concurrently.
Mostly planning to do slow cooks of Pork shoulders and ribs with an occasional Tri-Tip (though I have that covered pretty well with my gas grill and a smoke box). More on Pork. I absolutely love fine swine. When I lived in DC, I thought nothing of driving 5 hours down 95 to hit Wilbers or better yet, Skyline BBQ. Eastern NC is to me, what Carmine St. is to Pizza and Santa Maria is to tri-tip. I was introduced to Eastern NC BBQ before my 5th birthday. Living in Southern California makes quick trips to Wilbers impossible but I still have a craving for that little bun stuffed with vinegary pork goodness and topped with slaw. Pizza? We got credible pizza within 3 miles of home. Barbeque to most here is a verb.
Anyway, I have more questions - where should I post them if I don't find answers browsing here? Realizing that opinions are like excretory orifices (everybody has one), have at it - the more opinions based on experience, the better.
Like here's one of my pressing questions - CyberQ or Stoker? Why?