Ok folks, I know that this has been beaten to death, but I'm going to buy a ceramic cooker soon and I'm hoping for some advice. There is a twist to this that makes it a difficult decision.
I'm down to the Large BGE or the Primo Oval XL. I've looked at the XL BGE, but it just seems so massive and I've read some things about difficulties controlling the heat, etc. Also, there a cost factor that I'll get to next. My brother recently purchased the Primo Oval XL and is offering to chip in $200 if I buy a Primo (yes, nice brother, but clearly trying to manipulate me to join the dark side (you know, black cooker...)).
Here's where I'm at....There are only two people in my house, but I do occasionally like to cook "big". I like the Large Egg because it seems the most appropriate in size for most of what I would cook, it now comes with stainless grates, it has the pre-sawed firebox (which I'm assuming will make cracking more rare), it has more options for accessories (both BGE and aftermarket), it is more widely available and it supposedly uses less fuel. On the Primo side, it does provide more space, more flexibility in cooking with the stock components, the $200, I can cook a bigger pizza on it, and the $200. What I don't like is the non-stainless grates, the lack of aftermarket accessories (perhaps you don't need them), the larger size means more fuel for the same cooking temps (though some might argue that the split firebox negates this) and well, that's about it.
So, given these facts, setting your biases aside (which may be asking too much), what do you think?
By the way, for you folks who have the older porcelain over steel grates, have you experienced cracking and rusting? I just remember from old cheap gas grills that these things didn't last me long. And of course, now that BGE is going stainless, this makes me think they didn't hold up as well. And while your at it, how about the hardware? I live a couple miles from the coast and everything rusts. I'm thinking about spraying the hardware with FluidFilm (similar to WD40) to keep it from rusting. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance!!