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Topic Title: Big Green Egg-no thank you
Created on June 1, 2014 at 07:19 PM

Gary

My local dealer has started carrying the Big Green Egg line of grills in addition to the Hollands they have carried for years. I went in the other day and the dealer lead me over to the BGE's. I know ceramic type grills like the BGE, Grill Dome, etc, do a great job of temp regulation and makes low slow cooking possible. But I am more than satisfied with my Holland. After you buy the necessary accessories, the lump coal, etc, plus a stand or table your talking $1000 or more for a large model. Add maintenance such as replacing the gaskets periodically and I will keep my Holland thank you as I have since 2000. There is not a lot I can't do on my Holland anyway.

What say you?


DeaconDash

A friend of mine is a dealer and I have eaten several meals (chicken) that he has cooked and it is always good. My brother-in-law has one and he recently cooked some filet mignons for my family and you could cut them with a fork. All that being said I don't have the patience to figure those things out. That's what is so good about the Holland. Set it and forget it until time to flip or remove. I love my Wrangler!

Gary

No doubt they cook great, but not sure I need 2 grills because I would not replace my Holland. I wonder how many Holland owners have a 2nd grill like a BGE?

JC

I have 3 BGE's (2 Lge, & 1 Med) along with a Kikuya Hibatchi Pot. I also have 3 Hollands a Classic, Legacy and Companion. I have other gas grills AOG, Weber, Vidalia and a Phoenix hangaing around also. The last two cook much like a Holland and in some case better.

Gary concerning gaskets on the BGE. My oldest BGE was bought in 97 and I have never chaged the felt felt gasket on it nor any of my BGE's. My Kikuya was bought outside the gate of Yakota AFB in 77 and it has a cloth gasket and still has not been changed. Many folks run into gasket issues when grilling with lid open and fire gets away from them.

If felt gaskets are a huge sticking point for you and must have ceramic buy Grill Dome. They don't use felt gaskets. The lids and base of a Grill Dome are machined and do not require a gasket.

Concerning learning curve on a Kamado. Not any different than than leaving the traditional gas grill world and moving to a Holland or a grill that cooks like it.

I mentioned this in a prior post to someone. If I was in the market for a new Kamado I would get an Akorn from Char Griller. Its not cermaic but is a Kamado and it runs from $250-$299 regularly and I've seen them at my local Kroger last year in Sept for $199. I have many meals off an Akorn and you can not tell if it is off and BGE/Ceramic or the Akorn.


Gary

Thanks JC. Good feedback. BTW, what size deck do you have for that many grills and how do you keep them all happy? :)

JC

Gary,

Actually no deck. Our home has a courtyard in the center of the house you can not see from the road. I can access it from the side yard, garage or open the front doors and roll the gas grill I choose to use in from one of those points.

My two large BGE's reside in the courtyard one near the door from the side yard and the other near the front doors. Both the larges are on rolling tables which I made. The medium has the "Egg Nest" when I have it out of its packaging (read moving blankets). Normally take the meduim south with me when I snowbird along with my Holland Companion.

I have to admit I have been slowly moving away from traditional gassers (Weber & AOG) but they do have a place in my opinion for certain foods. Lately I have been moving more towards Hollands or grills that cook like them. However each of my grills that cook somewhat like a Holland have a few subtle differences that make each of them unique in their own right.

Not trying to stir up a hornets nest but I'm going to say it, you can not compare something that is smoked on a BGE to something smoked on a Holland or a traditional gasser in my opinion with the emphasis on "my opinion".

Speaking of making grills happy yesterday I made the Legacy and Phoenix happy did a boat load of chicken wings for a little neighborhood gathering.


Grillin

FYI the grill Dome does use a felt gasket although I have been told they are not necessary.

JC

Grillin, you are correct the base and lid are machined thus require no gasket.

Grillin

I have eaten food cooked on both the Holland,(I own 3 of them) as well as the grill Dome. The GD does an awesome job but I must say I have cooked a wide variety of things on my Holland & am very pleased.
I just like turning it on, waiting for it to preheat & putting the food on.

Gary

JC,
That is one awesome set up my friend. I would like some options so I've started looking at the Kamado Joe Classic. Between that and my Holland I should be set. Still in researching stages though.

JC

Gary,

All the Kamado's cook the same. With that said only difference between my BGE's and the Kikuya is that the BGE's are Ceramic and and the Kidkuya is a real clay pottery cooker which pretty much limits you to temps of 500 deg max and it can't get wet while cooking or it will crack. The BGE's and all the Kamados on the market today do not have those constraints.

Even though I do move my BGE's and Kikuya around I do so with care do not want to crack/break them. Like I mentioned I carry one south with me in a motorhome. I take it apart for that trip and have had no issues. Bubba Keg used to have a trailer mount adapter. I bring this up because I seen a BGE on a trailer hitch in the campground this past winter and it made the trip south from Chesapeake VA with no issues. I never did meet that couple.

If you think you will be moving it around alot I would construct a table for it, its much more stable than the nest. Also before you pull the trigger I would seriously look at the Chargriller Akorn. I don't see any issues with moving that rig around.

Irregardless I think you will enjoy a Kamado in your stable along with your Holland.


JAG

I actually sold my APEX and got two Primo ceramic grills. Though I loved the ease of use on the APEX, the final result and versatility on the Primo sold me on it. I bought the Primo XL after having my Holland for about a year. After getting it, I never really used the APEX anymore, so I sold it and got a Primo JR.

For me, the Holland was easy, but cooking everything at 400 degrees didn't really work out for my cooking needs. Being able to cook direct and indirect simultaneously and versatility is what sold me on the Primo. Ceramics are easy to use and maintain. I can cook low and slow for BBQ or set it to 500+ to get a brick oven style pizza.

I will never say anything bad about the Holland, it was high quality, easy to use, but in the long run, it just wasn't for me.


Tom Kirkman

I have a second grill - a Traeger wood pellet grill. It puts smoke flavor into ribs and BBQ like nothing else. It's nice to have the option. But overall, the Holland is more versatile (you don't always want smoke flavor depending on what you're cooking).

If could only have one, no contest - the Holland would be it.


Ken

I agree with Mr. Kirkman. I have a Traeger pellet grill and do 80 percent of my grilling on the Holland. The only way the Traeger beats the Holland is if you have a big slab of meat and all day to cook it.

@ken

That would be the difference between grilling and smoking.

Chuck

I have both a Holland grill and a Big Green Egg. Both cook very nicely. However during the colder months my Big Green Egg can maintain a much higher temperature than my Holland Grill can. If a wind is present the Holland Grill is worse yet.
Holland for the summer. Big Green Egg for year round.