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Buy Kamado Joe Jr. or hold out for Mini-Max or...

Hi all. I have never cooked on a BGE, but have pre-bought an XL demo that I will be picking up in June. June seems really far away, though..and I want to get started now. It seems like the Kamado Joe is roughly what the new Mini-Max will be....and I don't really want to wait until June to get the mini-max. Anyone have one and can say how it compares to a bge mini or small? Thanks, Sandy
XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
Sandy
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  • odie91odie91 Posts: 301
    The Jr is more comparable to a small.
    I have a mini BGE and will either add a KJ Jr or Mini Max to the arsenal.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,743
    Can't speak to the KJ Jr, but the classic Joe is a great grill, very comparable to the LBGE. If you have a line on a Jr, I would not hesitate to get one. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • GlennMGlennM Posts: 544
    I just bought an Akorn jr for my place in Florida. Not as good as the egg but excellent results and value! $139 at Menards
    In the bush just East of Cambridge,Ontario 
  • plumbfir01plumbfir01 Posts: 718
    I own a LBGE and a KJ Jr. I would not hesisate to buy it again. If you go to thegardengates.com and use promo code SPRING  you pay 404.10 with all the accessories and it ships early april. I think the quality is comparable but the only thing i didnt like is no screen on draft door. 
    Beaufort, SC
  • LitLit Posts: 6,079
    The KJ Jr is sold out everywhere anyway you will have to wait a couple weeks to get one. I ordered mine several weeks ago and was told the next batch would be in the beginning of April. I can't wait to see the mini max but will use the KJ at least until I can get a mini max at a demo price probably 2015 egging in the mountains.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,579
    edited March 2014
    Sandy, given that you are beginning from a position of having no ceramic cooker I suggest that you consider avoiding the assumption you need two particularly since you will soon have an XLBGE.  If you need instant charcoal burning capabilities (perfectly understandable) consider a Weber Jumbo Joe instead of another form of ceramic.  It has the same cooking grid space as an LBGE, sits on a table top, weighs nothing, costs next to nothing (59 bucks), they’re readily available, & most importantly the Joe can perform the great majority of what most people cook on ceramic grills.  Once the XL arrives it’ll cover the territory the Jumbo Joe can’t but the Joe will remain a very valued & well used outdoor wood burning asset.  Trust me, I’m a doctor
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • revolver1revolver1 Posts: 372
    Smokey Joe by Weber has a 13 grid and sells for 29.00.
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • plumbfir01plumbfir01 Posts: 718
    The reason I bought another egg was for the travel ability and different cook temp i could do two cooks at once... It makes a huge difference in meal planning and cooking. 
    Beaufort, SC
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,579
    The reason I bought another egg was for the travel ability and different cook temp i could do two cooks at once... It makes a huge difference in meal planning and cooking. 
    No doubt about it, I've got a total of 5 cookers (3 ceramic & 2 metal).  Travel ability isn't on everyone's agenda, me included, my stuff all stays on the patio.  If however I were to take one mobile it would be one of the Webers, they're far easier to move & can be picked up & flipped over/dumped for nearly instant cooling which is good if the destination is a tailgating type event.  For camping & such that isn't so important.  Plus they're pretty much indestructible so cracking or breaking one in transit isn't a concern.
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • jimreed777jimreed777 Posts: 321
    I couldn't hold off for the mini-max...we have several trips planned and wanted a portable cooker. The mini is too small for the 4 of us plus guests.

    Picked up a Joe Jr.


    I reference thegardengates .com 10% off offer and BBQ guys Matched the price. $404.10 to my door.

    They have 6 more reds and a bunch more black in stock...the garden gates was shipping "early April"
  • jimreed777jimreed777 Posts: 321
    BTW - the Jr was at my door 3 days after ordering
  • BTW - the Jr was at my door 3 days after ordering
    How is the build quality?
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 950

    PNWFoodie Where are you located? You can come by and cook on one of mine.

    Tim in SoCal

    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,424
    I have the Big Joe 24" KJ and it's very nice. My BGE XL will be on Craigs list soon.
    Hinge system is fantastic compared to the BGE XL. Yet to see the Jr but if it's anything like the Big Joe and the Classic 18" it will be a winner. Really like the looks of the handle stand on the Jr. IMO
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • jimreed777jimreed777 Posts: 321
    Joe Jr build quality is excellent.
  • I couldn't hold off for the mini-max...we have several trips planned and wanted a portable cooker. The mini is too small for the 4 of us plus guests.

    Picked up a Joe Jr.


    I reference thegardengates .com 10% off offer and BBQ guys Matched the price. $404.10 to my door.

    They have 6 more reds and a bunch more black in stock...the garden gates was shipping "early April"
    Make that 5 red in stock.

  • BuckeyeBobBuckeyeBob Posts: 669
    Have we heard any estimates on the pricing of the Mini-Max?
    Clarendon Hills, IL
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,581
    Looks like kj is giving bge a run for the money
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • I would get the egg because being an Egghead is more cool than being a Joehead.

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    Bedrock

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,785
    henapple said:
    Looks like kj is giving bge a run for the money
    Hopefully it gets the price to drop with more competition.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,581
    I will say the band and hinge on the kj is nicer.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • RzeancakRzeancak Posts: 183
    Here is m y 2 cents..... Komodo are great grills works the same ad the BGE.... The BGE has a FANTASTIC! warranty, easy to get parts and has been proven over time.   

    To me it's the BGE.

    I had the same thoughts not to long ago,  So i went to a small BGE, mini max is just to small.
    A child can ask questions a wise man can't answer!!!
    Canada
    Large @ Small BGE 

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,785
    henapple said:
    I will say the band and hinge on the kj is nicer.
    The Adjustable Rig rip-off they now offer is pretty neat too. Seems a little unwieldy when you're playing over hot coals.
  • plumbfir01plumbfir01 Posts: 718
    Rzeancak said:
    Here is m y 2 cents..... Komodo are great grills works the same ad the BGE.... The BGE has a FANTASTIC! warranty, easy to get parts and has been proven over time.   

    To me it's the BGE.

    I had the same thoughts not to long ago,  So i went to a small BGE, mini max is just to small.
    um....isnt the mini-max same grate diameter as small?
    Beaufort, SC
  • plumbfir01plumbfir01 Posts: 718
    btw kj warranty matches bge and free shipping on all replacement parts
    Beaufort, SC
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,581
    Doesn't their website say shipping not included?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • plumbfir01plumbfir01 Posts: 718
    yeah.....must have read it wrong, sorry
    Beaufort, SC
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,581
    No big deal. Was just running through their site. I'm not sure how a dealer would handle the expense.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • DMWDMW Posts: 9,715
    @plumbfir01 Mini-Max and Small have same size grid. I think the small can probably hold more lump, but could be wrong.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • PNWFoodiePNWFoodie Posts: 1,014
    td66snrf said:

    < strong>PNWFoodie Where are you located? You can come by and cook on one of mine.

    Tim in SoCal

    Aww, that's super nice of you! I'm in Washington, though...probably too long of a road trip for a weeknight dinner. :)
    XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
    Sandy
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