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yeah but with the nest and shelves (mates).
again, for all those crowing warranty and china made, yada yada yada
It's a ceramic, mini egg, for $140 shipped to your door, with bands, nest and shelves and everything already in place.
had no problem registering mine on the vision website and it appears some of those people that had minor nicks or chips in the finish have already received relief via the warranty. see above
ran mine all day yesterday at 250, still one of the best purchases i've ever made. Even if the ceramic crumbles after 2 years of use it is by far worth the $140 i spent on it.
yes! got it in the mail yesterday. the seller must have taken a hit on shipping bc my label on the box when it came in said 37 dollars for the shipping and i only paid 7 when i placed the order.
put it together and assembled last night and did the first cook.
1. no it is not fully egg quality but it's not far off and the price alone makes this a winner. I do have a mini so i performed a side by side comparison evaluation and cook.
2. it comes with the stand (table nest for egg) and shelves, boom! awesome!, thank you very much for not having to buy a stand for the grill i just paid for. and the shelves are so awesome, they attach easy, are super sturdy, clean easily and foldup or come off in seconds.
3. bc of space i immediately took the thermometer off. i found a rubber type gasket up by the thermometer. i couldn't help but think the first 800 degree cook or mistake would melt this, so i removed it. I would recommend that to any of you who bought the kub.
4. the fire box is slightly misshapen at the bottom. so here is where i think the quality of the egg comes into play. the ceramic firebox is not exactly round at the bottom where the fire grate sits. It does not affect anything that i've been able to tell. the thickness of the ceramic on both the firebox and egg appears to be the same between the 2.
5. top vent is not castiron or heavy metal. the top vent on kub is thiner metal. it has a clip so it stays attached to the top, although never been a problem with the egg. there is also gasket up there holding the top cap on. I must admit i had no problem lighting the egg with the cap on and open, whereas i've never tried it on my eggs. I always remove top cap to light them. if the cap rusts or fails i'm pretty sure the egg one will fit or i will fashion one of those fancy stainless ones.
6. with royal oak in mini egg and in kub and a piece of chicken, brat, and burger on each i have yet to tell any difference in taste. Even had swmbo mix them up on me for a blind taste test. there you have it, my $140 mini tastes the same as my $400 mini.
my conclusion: sorry bge you're now priced out of the market in regard to the mini. I'd purchase this again any day. Oh and with the kub, the warranty information states lifetime on all ceramic parts, so please don't attack this thread based on the value of the warranty. I paid 140 including shipping, got a mini with shelves and a stand deliverd to my door. Bands were already in place and tight. Couldn't be any happier with this find.
Got my grill extender in the mail last week. Thanks to all those involved! Called my dealer in TN and wanted to order 2 small bge cooking grids and the lady said she had been selling eggs for close to 10 years and has never had so many calls from people wanting replacement grids. She asked me if i wanted the grids for some grill extender like one that another customer told her about. I couldn't lie and confessed that's why I wanted it. She said over the years the mothership has considered and even bought into some of these after market items making them their own. I'm sure a mothership purchase would take the price from 25 to 75 bucks, based on the price of the grids . Glad i got mine and i wish the inventor all the best in selling these things.
BTW small stainless cooking grids ran 50 bucks a pop with shipping.
i have. pretty much exactly like pswarren said. Saved some of those foam coolers that omaha steaks came in. btw i do not buy omaha steaks but accepted them as gifts. vac sealed the q, packed with dry ice, applied mucho clear tape and dropped the foam cooler inside a cardboard shipping box and sent her off. It's rather expensive, i did second day and all was still frozen, even the 2 racks of ribs. I'm thinking it is something that works better this time of year.
I think the problem you run into is finding a foam cooler to ship it in that doesn't leak and is thick enough inside the carboard box not so that it won't break. I had originally thought about buying a cheap softsided cooler from wally world and packing inside the carboard box. then i thought of how all soft coolers leak eventually and envisioned ups tossing it from the truck as it leaked melted dry ice.