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I was thinking about this earlier today.   There are a couple current active threads that seems to have stimulated the economy.   

Sure we all have our proclivities but have you read through something here, become inspired, then purchased where you otherwise would not have 

I’m guessing between grilling items, torches (flashlights), knives (kitchen/pocket) and bourbon/spirits I have likely spent thousands that I may have not likely spent.   

Just throwing it out there.  I’m sure there are unique stories.  
LBGE, 28” BS, Weber Kettle, HCI 7.8 SE Texas
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  • JohnInCarolina
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    Whatever it is, it’s been worth it.  
    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • Legume
    Legume Posts: 14,648
    edited January 2023
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    Not bad for me for hardware.  An Ooni pizza oven, Anova and a few other specialty pans and things.  I'm under $1000 there.  Solo was influenced by reviews here, but not introduced here.

    Not liquor, knives, flashlights, bass boats, spendy lawnmowers or vehicles.

    It's the quality of the proteins for me and I don't even order SRF or anything like that.  This forum has educated me on all types of cooking and as a result the quality and variety of ingredients that I buy has gone up.

    Edit - charcoal.  Definitely spendy charcoal.
  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,628
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    Not gonna even speculate but let's just say in the cooker world itself, after the initial LBGE and rolling into this forum I have acquired a Lone Star Santa Maria rig (with argentine plug-in), a small Lang stick burner, a SBGE and a drum smoker.  
    If you then toss in the all to frequent SRF and other different food orders...
    You more than get the picture.
    At least I didn't buy a house or a major kitchen remodel or several freezers or go down the SV rabbit hole so there's that going for me!  🥃🍺
    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • Ozzie_Isaac
    Ozzie_Isaac Posts: 19,260
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    Everything after my MBGE is due to this place.  I was happy as a clam with my Weber Genesis.  Then I got an MBGE and started hanging out here.  So a decent portion of my backyard is because of you misfits.
    They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That's against their interests. - George Carlin
  • Acn
    Acn Posts: 4,424
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    Everything after my MBGE is due to this place.  I was happy as a clam with my Weber Genesis.  Then I got an MBGE and started hanging out here.  So a decent portion of my backyard is because of you misfits.
    On behalf of the rest of the forum, you are most welcome.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • danhoo
    danhoo Posts: 690
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    current: | Large BGE |  Genesis 1000 | Genesis E330 | 22 inch Kettle | Weber Summit Kamado
    sold:| PitBoss pro 820  WSM 22 
  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    Probably about $300
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    I love lamp..
  • alaskanassasin
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    It’s bad, now when pondering a purchase swmbo says “see what the guys on the forum think” lol. 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • nolaegghead
    nolaegghead Posts: 42,102
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    (@Caliking yo! Dude!  Put down $300 then send your wife a screen shot like me!)
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  • alaskanassasin
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    Or she assumes I’ve only heard of it here and says “what are the guys on the forum saying about it?”
    South of Columbus, Ohio.


  • TechsasJim
    TechsasJim Posts: 1,930
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    I have looked into a lot of what y’all have posted.  Whether it be pizza ovens, woodworking tools…list goes on and on.   I haven’t bought much that’s been outside my wheelhouse.   I know what I like to spend $ on and sometimes this forum has shown me a new use for $ or has just accelerated a purchase I planned on anyway.   

    Having said that, I did not further delve into @Ozzie_Isaac horse semen.   Yah, even though I’m from Texas that was still a hard pass-so thanks for saving me $ man!
    LBGE, 28” BS, Weber Kettle, HCI 7.8 SE Texas
  • loco_engr
    loco_engr Posts: 5,768
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    being a gadget freak, more than I can imagine  =)
    aka marysvilleksegghead
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009
    XL 2021 (sold 8/24/23)
    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
    Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap
  • TEXASBGE2018
    TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 3,831
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    Thousands. 


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

  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,628
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    lkapigian said:
    The friendship’s are invaluable, and anything I have spent money on I have profited from, so a win win 
    The above says it all-Way to capture the essence of this place @lkapigian.
    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • GrateEggspectations
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    You’re looking at it all wrong, guys. 

    We’re a discerning community of enlightened consumers helping one another make savvy purchases. 

    And let’s not forget all of the sales we’ve alerted one another to. 

    The savings are untold. 
  • fishlessman
    fishlessman Posts: 32,851
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    I was forced into a free 17 dollar phone to post here at camp....so not much for me
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • Jstroke
    Jstroke Posts: 2,600
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    Not putting a dollar figure on it. Started with MBGE, added a full outdoor kitchen. Added XLBGE, remodeled kitchen for 2 eggs. Got divorced, kept the eggs. Built new kitchen at the new place. However that is nothing compared to ingredients. You can buy a lot of rice and beans with SRF money. 
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,628
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    Once you become serious about Q cooking then the nature of information here leads you to expand your game.  The wealth of knowledge and experiences across the cooking spectrum is a definite hook.  The degree to which you set the hook is personal. 
    You always know that there are members here who will answer your questions (about any topic)  and offer their best inputs and dang near around the clock, especially if cook related.  
    Shenanigans for sure as the humour (nod) and give and take make this place worth well beyond the price of admission. The BGE HQ and associated dealers should make this site a priority suggestion.

    During the no contact covid year March 2020- April 2021 you could not come remotely close to putting a price on the value of time spent here in the Zoom environment and value received.  
    Personal thanks to @JohnInCarolina for the vision to set up those weekly Zooms at the front end of the covid isolation.  They were game changing events across a full landscape of topics-and some NSFW!!🥃
    Off soap box.  
    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • JohnInCarolina
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    Sous vide unit 
    MiniMax
    Roccbox
    KBQ
    Chamber sealer 
    many many SRF purchases
    Hundreds? of bottles of whiskey 
    A lot of cook books written by dudes with mustaches and tattoos

    No ragrets!

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike
  • lousubcap
    lousubcap Posts: 32,628
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    At least you didn't pay for the ink or the plus up for spelling confirmation. 
    Louisville; Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!  Seems I'm livin in a transitional period.
  • Corv
    Corv Posts: 385
    edited January 2023
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    I'm not going to quote a cost, it's embarrassing. However, there's the Mini BGE, the Roccbox pizza oven on its stainless steel table and the BlueStar stove. There might be a few smaller items that I've overlooked, too.
    I've gotta quit reading this forum before I go broke or worse, put on more weight.
    Somewhere on the Colorado Front Range
  • dmourati
    dmourati Posts: 1,271
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    Browsing my Snake River Farms emails and account history, I'd say over $3000.

    Worth every penny.
    Mountain View, CA
  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,842
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    On a side note from this thread , the skill sets in the toolbox are huge 
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian
  • The Cen-Tex Smoker
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    I’m in deep. 
    Keepin' It Weird in The ATX FBTX
  • bbracey21
    bbracey21 Posts: 319
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    I’ve probably spent a couple hundred just this year… Anything prior to that, I have developed a slight case of amnesia, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!