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New Grill

Hey everyone, 
I've always used a propane grill.  I've been looking at different brands of Komodo style grills for over a year.  I've read reviews saying one is better than the other but have not gotten a definite answer which way to go.  I'm debating between a BGE and a Broil King Keg.  What makes the BGE the better choice?
Thanks

Comments

  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 4,187
    I doubt you will get an objective answer here since we are BGE owners. I like the BGE because it has a solid warranty and is a time honored simple design. My goal is to cook great food and the BGE is a tool that has allowed me to do just that. Any limitations have been in my own culinary knowledge and skill and not in the cooker. 
    I know nothing about the Broil King Keg. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. 
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,622
    I've only used BGEs, so can't compare.  I agree with @SciAggie that it would be good to compare the warranties very carefully. People do get cracks in kamado cookers, and it's nice to know whether that's covered.
  • Eggdicted_DawgfanEggdicted_Dawgfan Posts: 1,403
    Welcome @Souless. Take a few hours to look through the forum. Search things that you would see yourself cooking. See what you think about this community and the willingness to help from the members here. Take a look at the warranty for each. Eggfest vs broil king fest. Then hop over to the broil king keg forum, spend a few hours there. By the end of 2 hours I bet your mind is made up. Remember to post pictures when your egg arrives! 
    Snellville, GA


  • mahenryakmahenryak Posts: 1,323
    edited June 30
    @Souless since you are undecided you might want to check out the BBQ-Brethren site for anecdotal reviews of a multitude of BBQ solutions, if you haven't already.  Blaze is another Kamado that offers a different solution--aluminum versus ceramic.  Some folks on this site have had success with cheaper models, too.  Kamado Joe also has a very nice line of grills. 

    On a personal note, I have first hand experience with a cracked BGE base and know that a nice warranty is a good thing when it comes to Kamados.  BGE has that covered.
    LG BGE, KJ Jr, Smokin Bros. Premier 36 and Pizza Party Bollore



  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 2,075
    edited June 30
    My brother in law has had a keg for years.
      Here are a few of my random observations.
        When I have been around him while using it, and he is a awesome cook. He has to use a shop vac blower to keep it going after opening the lid, not sure what is up with that. 
         Also it heated up waaay faster than bge, it is made out of steel so no ceramics to preheat. 
       I don't know about controller availability or aftermarket accessory availability in general for the keg.
      He always uses a water pan for every cook.

     

     That said, the boy cranks out some good eats on that thing, Juicy awesome turkeys etc.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • wardowardo Posts: 178
    Go with the BGE.  It's the ultimate cooking experience for a reason.  I've had mine for 3mos now or so.  If you like to cook and like food, you will 100% love the egg!
    Charlotte NC - LBGE
  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 1,419
    I like the BGE because of this forum (and the old one) as well as the warranty.  I don’t know of another product where you can get so much free advice and knowledge from other users.  It is really the reason I got my first BGE 15 years ago.  I had cooked on a Hasty Bake for years before my BGE.  I found myself going to the old forum to get cooking advice, recipes, etc.  even before I purchased my first BGE.  Hasty Bake makes a great product, and I’m glad I still have one.  But they don’t have a community like BGE users. All that to say this - the warranty and this forum adds tremendous value to the BGE.  Best of luck on your new purchase whatever decision you make.
    Memphis, TN 

    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, (Akron was gifted to a friend)
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,436
    I have had a keg for nine years. It’s a great cooker. It’s rusting out a bit, I’m giving it to my brother. It struggles keeping the temp down compared to an egg. It’s too efficient in my opinion. My vote is the egg, without a doubt. Good luck with your choice. 

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 7,622
    How much do you plan on traveling with it? The Keg is awesome if you traveling with it. It fits into your hitch of your vehicle  If it's going to sit in your backyard I'd go BGE. 
    Minnesota
  • beteezbeteez Posts: 524
    Get A KJ comes with a ton of extras that BGE will charge you for or does not offer.

  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,436
    beteez said:
    Get A KJ comes with a ton of extras that BGE will charge you for or does not offer.

    When pricing it out when I have bought my eggs, the KJ has been more money with the accessories they "include".  Once pricing for the BGE with accessories was taken into effect, the BGE was cheaper.  This is of course in my area, with my dealer, using a cash discount.  This could vary for each person.  I don't think KJ is cheaper anymore.

    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 943
    I have owned dozens of grills and smokers, but my XL still sees the most duty, due to its versatility.  If I only could own 1 cooler (heaven forbid), it would be a BGE or KJ.  Its also a “cult” thing with BGE owners, kind of like owning a Harley!

    Land of OZ-Hays Kansas

    BGE XL++Flameboss 300 WiFi++Blackstone 36"++2 Weber Kettles

  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,436
    There is always room for a red headed step child.


    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 2,436
    Most recent time I have used my keg, it was last month.  Cooked some chicken parts on it, and kielbasa on the  mini max.






    John - SLC, UT

    Several eggs ..

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