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Anyone have/used the Aaron Franklin PK Grill yet?

Salado TX & 30A  FL: Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). Plus a couple Pit Boss Pellet Smokers.   

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  • I don’t think it’s available to purchase yet. It does look cool though. I knew it was coming but this is the first I have actually seen what it looks like. 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • TEXASBGE2018
    TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 3,831
    edited December 2021
    The new Ace Hardware by me had one on display. Not a huge fan of PK grills. It felt like one of those cheap square grills you can get at Walmart for like $20 but with heavier duty materials. Looked to me to be a stamped metal product but they didn't even bother to deburr the edges. No way I'd pay anywhere near $700 for it. $200 would be a stretch.






    Rockwall, Tx    LBGE, Minimax, 22" Blackstone, Pizza Party Bollore. Cast Iron Hoarder.

  • Isn't it just like their current PK300, except for the teal paint?  I didn't really see any mods that would make it cook better or differently, but I may have missed something.
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • ColtsFan
    ColtsFan Posts: 6,277
    An extra $200 for a couple shelfs and teal paint? Nah....
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    XL BGE, LG BGE, KJ Jr, PK Original, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • Don’t forget the towel bar! (And it does come in black too) 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • Mickey
    Mickey Posts: 19,668
    edited December 2021
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    Salado TX & 30A  FL: Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). Plus a couple Pit Boss Pellet Smokers.   

  • ryantt
    ryantt Posts: 2,530
    I was trying to figure out what makes it better than the other models…must be the AF
    XL BGE, KJ classic, Joe Jr, UDS x2 


  • ryantt said:
    I was trying to figure out what makes it better than the other models…must be the AF
    It’s cool…AF
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Lit was the PK expert....he had the PK360 and used it a lot.  Have never seen a PK in person, but they are pricey for what you get.
  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,383
    Screw the grill; that guy has a rockin' leather apron.  
    _____________

    Once I thought I saw you, In a crowded, hazy bar..."


  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    Not a fan of aluminum grills.. I burnt through a Weber Genesis.  Luckily, it was a Weber, so they sent me a knew lower half with all new hardware.
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,329
    edited December 2021
    Lit was the PK expert....he had the PK360 and used it a lot.  Have never seen a PK in person, but they are pricey for what you get.
    Current PK360 is hinged at the back like a gas grill. The original is hinged on the side. Lit also has a PKGO. 

    I like the double vents top and bottom, air enters bottom of one side with lump and exits the top of opposite side where food sits.
    canuckland
  • Pook
    Pook Posts: 43
    They seem so expensive but I guess people really like them. I don't think I could pay that much for such a simple grill.
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,675
    I have a PK Original. The only advantage it has over a Weber is it won't rust.
    The original doesn't come with a stainless cooking grid. The Franklin version doesn't specify if it has a stainless grid, if not it's an $84.99 upgrade.
    As far as I know, the Original is made in the USA, the PK360 is foreign-made, presumably Chinese.
    I'm not totally dissatisfied with my PK Original, but it is a pretty expensive grill for what it is. Would I buy it again? possibly, but what I really want is a charcoal grill with a lot more cooking area, much like the Weber Ranch. The Ranch looks really good when it's new, but I'm afraid it would become a $1700 rust bucket after a few years.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a large cooking area charcoal grill?
  • littlerascal56
    littlerascal56 Posts: 2,104
    edited December 2021
    Yoder Smokers makes a 24x36 charcoal grill…and if that’s not large enough, they make a 24x48 model. The factory is here in Kansas, and they took me thru the fabrication shop.  Saw a lot of welders building various smokers, pellet grills, and the charcoal grills. USA quality at its finest, built to last a lifetime!
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    GregW said:
    I have a PK Original. The only advantage it has over a Weber is it won't rust.
    The original doesn't come with a stainless cooking grid. The Franklin version doesn't specify if it has a stainless grid, if not it's an $84.99 upgrade.
    As far as I know, the Original is made in the USA, the PK360 is foreign-made, presumably Chinese.
    I'm not totally dissatisfied with my PK Original, but it is a pretty expensive grill for what it is. Would I buy it again? possibly, but what I really want is a charcoal grill with a lot more cooking area, much like the Weber Ranch. The Ranch looks really good when it's new, but I'm afraid it would become a $1700 rust bucket after a few years.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a large cooking area charcoal grill?
    Look up Santa Maria Grills .... There are many different manufacturers, but that style sounds like what you are looking for.

    Here is the style I am talking about:

    https://jdfabrications.com/argentine-primal-grills/
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,329
    Primo XL?
    canuckland
  • The Cen-Tex Smoker
    The Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 22,951
    edited December 2021
    GregW said:
    I have a PK Original. The only advantage it has over a Weber is it won't rust.
    The original doesn't come with a stainless cooking grid. The Franklin version doesn't specify if it has a stainless grid, if not it's an $84.99 upgrade.
    As far as I know, the Original is made in the USA, the PK360 is foreign-made, presumably Chinese.
    I'm not totally dissatisfied with my PK Original, but it is a pretty expensive grill for what it is. Would I buy it again? possibly, but what I really want is a charcoal grill with a lot more cooking area, much like the Weber Ranch. The Ranch looks really good when it's new, but I'm afraid it would become a $1700 rust bucket after a few years.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a large cooking area charcoal grill?
    Look up Santa Maria Grills .... There are many different manufacturers, but that style sounds like what you are looking for.

    Here is the style I am talking about:

    https://jdfabrications.com/argentine-primal-grills/
    I am all for costing people forum dollars but you went large on this one!
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • 6baluts
    6baluts Posts: 268
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    GregW said:
    I have a PK Original. The only advantage it has over a Weber is it won't rust.
    The original doesn't come with a stainless cooking grid. The Franklin version doesn't specify if it has a stainless grid, if not it's an $84.99 upgrade.
    As far as I know, the Original is made in the USA, the PK360 is foreign-made, presumably Chinese.
    I'm not totally dissatisfied with my PK Original, but it is a pretty expensive grill for what it is. Would I buy it again? possibly, but what I really want is a charcoal grill with a lot more cooking area, much like the Weber Ranch. The Ranch looks really good when it's new, but I'm afraid it would become a $1700 rust bucket after a few years.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a large cooking area charcoal grill?
    Look up Santa Maria Grills .... There are many different manufacturers, but that style sounds like what you are looking for.

    Here is the style I am talking about:

    https://jdfabrications.com/argentine-primal-grills/
    I am all for costing people forum dollars but you went large on this one!
    You must have missed the "15% off" coupon at the bottom 🤣
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,675
    @littlerascal56 the Yoder really looks good, I wonder how it would hold up to high heat cooking. With the heavy steel, it might not matter. A repaint every few years on the top wouldn't be difficult.
  • GregW
    GregW Posts: 2,675
    @Ozzie_Isaac those Santa Maria-style grills look fantastic. They are a bit more than I would want to spend, but if I could afford it, I would love to have one.
  • Is it true it’s made only of salt and pepper? 
  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,329
    6baluts said:
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
    I recall another member (can't remember her name) also owns a HB and loves it.
    canuckland
  • 6baluts said:
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
    Just don’t order one from Amazon.  Years ago I ordered one and Amazon lost it!
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 18,844
    6baluts said:
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
    Just don’t order one from Amazon.  Years ago I ordered one and Amazon lost it!
    I bet @Lit got it.
    A bison’s level of aggressiveness, both physical and passive, is legendary. - NPS
  • 6baluts said:
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
    Just don’t order one from Amazon.  Years ago I ordered one and Amazon lost it!
    I bet @Lit got it.
    DISAGREE
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • 6baluts said:
    Pretty good size charcoal grill is a Hastybake Gourmet. I have one in the herd and like it. I can run 2 rotis spits at once if that interests you.
    I also have a PKO its about 15 yrs old and absolutely love the thing. I added a Burn Shop charcoal basket to it about 2 years ago. I just did a 12 hour burn on just 32 B&B briquets. Not bad for that little guy.
    I recall another member (can't remember her name) also owns a HB and loves it.
    Her name is DMW
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • Photo Egg
    Photo Egg Posts: 12,110
    GregW said:
    I have a PK Original. The only advantage it has over a Weber is it won't rust.
    The original doesn't come with a stainless cooking grid. The Franklin version doesn't specify if it has a stainless grid, if not it's an $84.99 upgrade.
    As far as I know, the Original is made in the USA, the PK360 is foreign-made, presumably Chinese.
    I'm not totally dissatisfied with my PK Original, but it is a pretty expensive grill for what it is. Would I buy it again? possibly, but what I really want is a charcoal grill with a lot more cooking area, much like the Weber Ranch. The Ranch looks really good when it's new, but I'm afraid it would become a $1700 rust bucket after a few years.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a large cooking area charcoal grill?
    Weber 26” kettle with an add on Smokeware swing bracket and grid.

    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas