Ok, first off I want to say that I don't want this to become the big issue that my last post did. I don't want to fight, I'm not posting to cause problems. But, people requested that I use my egg for a month and then come back and give my opinion. So, it's been about a month or so....and here I am to give the opinion and leave it at that.
If you didn't read my first post, I'll sum it up quickly........I gave my unbiased review on how I felt after using my egg a few times for a variety of cooks. I was slightly disappointed in the performance of the egg in regards to taste. I had read how so many people thought the taste of food cooked on the egg was so much better than cooked on other grills. After using my egg, I thought the items that I made were good, but not better than other grilled foods I had cooked in the past. And some items, I liked better when cooked using other appliances better. But, I did feel that it smoked meat very well.
So here is my 1 month opinion: I still don't taste any difference other than the flavor that is given off by using lump vs. gas. In my opinion, there is a distinct taste difference between using any charcoal grill and a gas grill. It's a flavor that my husband and I don't necessarily prefer with all types of food. Because of this, we don't particularly like certain types of meats and such grilled on the egg. But I can see where this is a personal preference and doesn't detract from the unit for those looking to replace a charcoal grill. To our palates, charcoal tends to mask the unique flavors of some foods and gives off a "same taste" type effect. For some items this is ok, but for others, we really felt that the flavors we've enjoyed in the past were too dulled for our tastebuds. I hope that makes sense.
However, when cooking items that we do like the charcoal flavor, neither of us can taste a difference between egg cooked food and another charcoal grill. This food cooked on our egg was good, just not any better than before.
It's sad to us as we are now grilling less than we have in the past because we don't care for the flavor it gives some foods. If I knew what I know now, prior to my purchase, I cannot say that I would purchase the egg. We've spent alot of money on something we will most likely only use for a smoker and now don't have much left in our budget to purchase a gas grill. I would have rather had our money go the other direction and spend only a little on a smoker as we don't frequently have alot of time to do longer cooks. We did ask about a refund at the local store we purchased from, but that wasn't an option, unfortunately. So, we're stuck with it. At least it's well built and we shouldn't have to purchase another smoker in the future. That makes the purchase a bit more comforting for us.
I know that everyone on here is a diehard egg fan and my opinion did not go over well last time. I hope you understand I'm not here to make waves, I just want to give my thoughts on the grill so people looking to buy can read from people on both sides of the coin.