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Old 06-11-2014, 01:32 PM
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Default Vision Kamado Grill (BGE Knockoff) anyone have one?

Been thinking of getting a charcoal grill for some time now and the BGE is just too rich for my blood. Was thinking of just going with a Weber charcoal, then was looking at the Akorn Kamado at Lowes, and now I see this at Sams Club and it seems it might be the way to go. The more I look, the more confused I get!

A friend has the Akorn and loves it and at $300 seems like a good value.

The one at Sams is $569, but seems like a closer match to the BGE, but not cheap either. Thinking I might go with the Akorn, but wanted to know if anyone has this sams model first.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/kamago-...rod11390118.ip

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Got it. Love it. Price is right. Got mine at Costco two years ago right about that price. A bargain when you compare to the BGE. The Vision grill is a solid unit and performs well; you won't be disappointed.
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Great, I think you just helped me make up my mind! Happy Fathers Day to me!
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^ ^ ^ ^ ^

Make sure you've got somebody around to help you get it out of the box after you get the cart built. It's a heavy bugger!

And go read this thread -- you can see mine in action with some spatchcock chicken, plus get an idea of what charcoal to use!

http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...-question.html
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Got one and love it. Can do all the same things as the BGE. Only problem is that it is addictive. We probably use ours 2-3 times per week.

Did I say I love it?
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Thanks guys. I was going to go pick it up today, then it started raining! I plan to go in the AM and pick up something to cook for dinner too. Maybe some ribs or pork loins? I'll post some pics.
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I also have one. Love it. Go pick up the BGE plate setter size large for doing indirect cooks and for smoking. Just dont drop it. Im on my second one.
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Originally Posted by bottomfeeder28 View Post
I also have one. Love it. Go pick up the BGE plate setter size large for doing indirect cooks and for smoking. Just dont drop it. Im on my second one.

Cast iron plate setter

I don't have one yet.

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/productrevi...castironps.htm





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Cast iron plate setter

I don't have one yet.

http://www.nakedwhiz.com/productrevi...castironps.htm





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Oooh, I like that!
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Oooh, I like that!
Yep, me too!!!
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Gotta have that cast iron piece of wonderful! What the hell, it can be a Father's Day present to myself!
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You will not be disappointed in the Vision Kamado Grill. My son has one and loves it. There is another thread on the forum regarding this grill.
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Assembled and heating up!

Packaging was A+
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Bought some boneless pork chops to keep it simple on my first cook tonight, but I am excited to get a pork butt on this bad boy! Going to order that cast iron grate thing too.
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Awesome! Did ya he-man it into the cart by yourself? I was SO afraid it would slip or I'd drop it or sumpthin' when I assembled mine.

Two things - I notice your top heat control is matte black. Mine's chrome, but it gets black with smoke. You will have to take it off and clean it from time-to-time in some strong detergent or degreaser to keep it opening and closing smoothly. Discovered that like a year later when the smoke had sort of stuck it on one setting!

Second, their thermometers are spot on. Very accurate. Every other grill I've ever owned, I ended up junking the stock t-mom and went with a professional BBQ pit t-mom to replace it. The one they use is good and has stayed spot on, I've checked against one of my professional ones.

Also, I did a test burn in mine just to get a feel for it, for controlling the temp, and an initial seasoning of the ceramic. Don't know that it's necessary, just me being anal boy and making sure the new toy worked as I expected it to. Once you get the two vents dialed in at the temp you want, your good to go for hours.

Say goodbye to that pretty white ceramic inside the top cover. Mine's now seasoned a very dark, almost black, pecan brown!

Enjoy!
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The white inside is already not-so-white anymore! I added some more charcoal and cranked it up to see if I could max it out. No problem at all. Not sure I would ever cook anything this high, but nice to know I can!

I did He-Man it by myself. Took everything out and set it in the frame! It is heavy, no doubt about it.

The thermometer does seem high quality, which is surprising.

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Your going to love your new grill. Its a game changer compared to the junk out there. My gasket is practically gone after one year use but heck, its a smoker. Its supposed to smoke. Might want to pick up a thermapen from thermaworks. You can save a bunch of money compared to other places. Ive got to get mine too. Any way happy grilling bud. Oh one more thing. Dont lift the fire box out to clean it. I used to do that and have a hairline crack in it. Just use a shop vac for the ahes.
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The white inside is already not-so-white anymore! I added some more charcoal and cranked it up to see if I could max it out. No problem at all. Not sure I would ever cook anything this high, but nice to know I can!
I do steaks at 650 and they are wonderful.

Two minutes on one side, two on the other, flip over once again and shut the grill down for 4 more minutes. Remove and let rest 5-8 minutes and serve. This works on a decent filet or a thick 14 oz or so ribeye.

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Originally Posted by bottomfeeder28 View Post
Your going to love your new grill. Its a game changer compared to the junk out there. My gasket is practically gone after one year use but heck, its a smoker. Its supposed to smoke. Might want to pick up a thermapen from thermaworks. You can save a bunch of money compared to other places. Ive got to get mine too. Any way happy grilling bud. Oh one more thing. Dont lift the fire box out to clean it. I used to do that and have a hairline crack in it. Just use a shop vac for the ahes.
They offer replacement gaskets. They're some special felt stuff right now, but they are going to a Nomex replacement. I would want the gasket for two reasons - wouldn't want it to crack with an inadverent hard closure <i.e., too much beer and not paying attention!> and to ensure proper sealing for temperature control.

From their site at: http://www.visiongrills.com/resources/faq/

Q: The gasketing on the grill has burned or is falling off. What can I do?

A: While all Vision Grills are equipment with high quality FDA approved felt gasketing attached with 3M adhesive, the long-term performance of the original gasket will depend on how individual Vision Grill owners use their grill. Consistent use of you Vision Grill at extreme temperatures (550 degrees+) may shorten the life of the gasketing and require replacement. It should also be noted that over time the gasketing may become discolored and flatten slightly due to exposure to heat and drippings from foods cooked and/or sauces applied. Discoloration or flattening will not affect the performance of your Vision Grill. In fact, the long-term smoke buildup around the gasket actually helps the grill seal and retain heat better. Should your gasketing burn or experience visual smoke leakage, please email the Vision Grills Customer Support team to coordinate a replacement gasket. Vision Grills will be offering an FDA approved Nomex gasket upgrade to improve performance and gasket longevity for high usage owners.
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Got the Vision 3 months ago. Great grill! I use it 4-6 nights a week! Congrats.
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2nd the Thermapen suggestion.

Is that a pizza stone? Best pizza ever.
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