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Old 11-06-2011, 10:15 AM
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I have a BGE on my wish list but the other day I was in a local store that carries the BGE and they also carry the Bayou Classic version

http://www.thebayou.com/Pages/Cypress%20Series.html

Quite a bit cheaper and from looking at it looks very similar in construction and design and quality

I know BGE has a huge following here and but curious as to opinions on these substitutes or knock offs
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:09 AM
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tprice -- the Big Green Egg is a Chinese knock off of a Japanese rice cooker. What you are asking about is a knock off of a knock off. Is it made in Mexico?
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:38 PM
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I would compare warranties between the two for length of time and what is covered. I.E. if the lid cracks due to high heat etc.
Also, I've heard that the gasketing may not be as good and you could get some air leaks which makes it hard to maintain a constant temp for say, smoking a pork butt or brisket.
I know that folks that have the BGE's love 'em. Try going to www.smokingmeatforums.com and ask around.
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:44 PM
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I have both a Big Green Egg and a Cypress by Bayou Classic. I like the Cypress a little better than the Egg. The Cypress is better looking in my opinion and has more accessories that come standard. They both are great cookers and I have not had any issues with either one, you will be happy whichever way you go.
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Originally Posted by jtputman@windstream.net View Post
I have both a Big Green Egg and a Cypress by Bayou Classic. I like the Cypress a little better than the Egg. The Cypress is better looking in my opinion and has more accessories that come standard. They both are great cookers and I have not had any issues with either one, you will be happy whichever way you go.
What was the cost difference?
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
What was the cost difference?
There is about $200 difference plus the Bayou Classic comes with wheels and the shelves on the side, these things are extra on BGE. From what I recall if you bought the same BGE setup as the Bayou Classic like it is "out of the box" about $400 difference or more
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:22 AM
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I almost bought the Bayou Classic last March. It is a great value with all of the accessories coming with the grill.

With that said, I ended up buying the Primo kamado. Primo is made in USA (Georgia) versus China. Also has a 20 year warranty for the ceramic parts. My recollection is that the Bayou Classic's warranty was short (maybe a year?). I'm not normally concerned about warranties with products I buy, but this is ceramics, not steel. My Primo actually developed a crack during early use. I got a replacement part in no time with no hassle, so I'd rank Primo customer service very highly.

Now, my public service announcement. When you buy a ceramic grill, whichever one you get, be very careful when it is hot (over 350 or so) and opening it up quickly. You have to vent them a little, as if you just rip it open it will produce a huge flame. Trust me, I know.

I debated on which one to buy for a long time (Primo, Bayou Classic at Lowes, Green Egg). I only wish I had bought my sooner as I use it all of the time now.
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Hey, that ain't a Big Green Egg -- It's a Little Yellow Egg ... with wings!


Any of you guys thought about making one yourself?
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I second the Primo, its made in USA, great customer service and the Oval shape is great for larger or oblonged shape meats. I have the Oval XL and love it, best investment for a grill I have ever made. From what I have heard the BGE is great too, not sure about the Bayou!
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What is price on the Primo

Where are they sold
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Did you get a discount because of the colors?







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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
What is price on the Primo

Where are they sold
I think I paid around $900 for the Primo Kamado, stand, cover, and grill lifting tool. I also bought a Big Green Egg platesetter for use when smoking (around $75).

Primo dealers are listed on their web site.

When you get one, have someone help you move it- they are very bulky and heavy and you don't want to drop as they will break.
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Originally Posted by wjf View Post
I think I paid around $900 for the Primo Kamado, stand, cover, and grill lifting tool. I also bought a Big Green Egg platesetter for use when smoking (around $75).

Primo dealers are listed on their web site.

When you get one, have someone help you move it- they are very bulky and heavy and you don't want to drop as they will break.

I was considering a BGE, but after looking at the Primo, I may have changed my mind.
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Did you get a discount because of the colors?



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I paid extra.

They were paying people to take the red ones.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
I paid extra.

They were paying people to take the red ones.
Gave you two if you could hit a 40+ yard field goal.
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