i live in ct and after the long cold & record snow fall winter i could not get to my grill on the deck do to it having 3 feet of snow on it, my wife was broiling stakes in the oven. when the deck finally melted and was able to get to my grill we started to use it. after the 2nd stake i told her to get the same stakes she cooked all winter in the oven she said the that these are the same stakes. we both agreed the had no taste or flavor. by the way the grill we were using i bought for her for our anniversary 8 years ago it is a viking 48 nice s.s in a cart if i remember i think i paid $4800.00 for it. we were talking to our neighbors about this problem he suggested a charcoal grill. it just happened my wife won a little habichi a few years ago and was unopened on a shelf in the garage. i went out and got it, we put it together and the next day went to home depot & bought kingsford match light. that night we grilled stakes that tasted like gasoline.but once we got past the gas flavor the stack was better than the ones off the viking. so i went one step farther and bought a little weber charcoal grill at the depot think it was $30.00, got the hang of it not getting the gas flavor on my stakes. early summer came and was driving and saw a big green egg sing some were and was wondering what the heck is a big green egg? i googled it and found out. will after reading about it bought one brought it home my wife & neighbors looked it it and said what the hell is that? to be exact my wife said it looks like the thing in star wars rtd2. well i fired it up,we had stakes we could not believe what we were eating. after cooking on it a week straight i was so impressed i contacted the distributer and had to start selling them in my store. what a great product.