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Old 06-13-2015, 07:55 PM
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Thinking about getting a ceramic primos grill XL. Talk me in or out. Go.
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PS I have no other outdoor grill and will only own one
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I have a vision, but the Primo XL is a sweet grill. I would take it over what I have even though what I have is pretty good.
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Primos is made in GA, has lots of cooking options and setups. Expensive though. What else should I know?
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I mean I have a BGE. I wouldn't change anything. It's done everything I've needed it to do
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I have a Primo. I have no idea whether it's better than a BGE or not but from I could tell when I bought it, they seemed the same. Neither one is cheap either.

To be honest, it can be a pain as your only grill because it's not as simple as turning the gas on and grilling. You can't use brickettes or lighter fluid and it took me awhile to learn what works best in my grill for getting the fire going.

It cooks great but if you're going to leave the top open while you stand there and flip burgers it is no better than a $50 Weber grill. The secret is keeping the top closed.

If you just like to throw some meat on the grill it's not worth it. If you watch cooking shows every Sunday and are a fanatic about BBQ or your chicken tends to dry out then it may be worth it. A Primo / BGE is great but I like a $300 gas grill to go with it sometimes.
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I have a BGE but think the primo is probably just as good. Basically pick which grill color you like best and buy that brand.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
I have a Primo. I have no idea whether it's better than a BGE or not but from I could tell when I bought it, they seemed the same. Neither one is cheap either.

To be honest, it can be a pain as your only grill because it's not as simple as turning the gas on and grilling. You can't use brickettes or lighter fluid and it took me awhile to learn what works best in my grill for getting the fire going.

It cooks great but if you're going to leave the top open while you stand there and flip burgers it is no better than a $50 Weber grill. The secret is keeping the top closed.

If you just like to throw some meat on the grill it's not worth it. If you watch cooking shows every Sunday and are a fanatic about BBQ or your chicken tends to dry out then it may be worth it. A Primo / BGE is great but I like a $300 gas grill to go with it sometimes.
Good advice. I'm more of a slow cook kind of guy. I have a super small charcoal grill for quick and dirty and have a small gas grill I use on the boat. I just don't want 3 grills sitting on my deck. Starts to look like Sanford and son. Lol.
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I have a large BGE and my Charbroil Commercial Gas.
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I mean I have a BGE. I wouldn't change anything. It's done everything I've needed it to do
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I have a BGE. I don't think you can go wrong with either one. If you are going to do a lot of high temperature searing you might want to look into the NOMEX gasket. The one it comes with burns down fairly quickly. Also, welding gloves are helpful. Thing gets darn hot at times. I lost all the hair on my arm just yesterday when I was getting it set up to smoke a boston butt.
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I've got the Primo and if has served me well since 2008. I do also have a gas grill and prefer the gas for fast grilling.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
I have a BGE. I don't think you can go wrong with either one. If you are going to do a lot of high temperature searing you might want to look into the NOMEX gasket. The one it comes with burns down fairly quickly. Also, welding gloves are helpful. Thing gets darn hot at times. I lost all the hair on my arm just yesterday when I was getting it set up to smoke a boston butt.
I also have the BGE, XL. Going on 8 years - we love it and it's one hell of a cooking tool. Gasket advice above is spot on. If you're going above 600 degrees, you'll certainly need to upgrade the standard gaskets. I believe this will be true with any of these large ceramic smokers/cookers.
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. Starts to look like Sanford and son. Lol.
Excu-u-u-use me!!! I resemble that remark!
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I have a BGE large, and love it, but if I had to replace it would go Primo -only because it lends itself more to ribs and brisket (shape). Great problem to have though...

I would no more count my grills then I would count fishing rods or water toys (kayaks, boards etc)
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Kamado Joe - I have had one for over year now and it love it!

http://www.bbqguys.com/item_name_Kam...m_2878262.html
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Kamado Joe - I have had one for over year now and it love it!

http://www.bbqguys.com/item_name_Kam...m_2878262.html
Made in China. Not even an option.
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BGE owner here. I looked at both BGE/Primo and wished I would have researched a bit better. From what I have read the Primo is a "true" convection scenario. Its shape and design lend itself to this much desired approach to cooking.

That being said there are things I did like about the BGE obviously that I liked and made the decision to buy based on that.

I have the large BGE and it has performed as well as I was told it would and have had good - not great success with long cooks. I say good because I cannot get a brisket to come out as well as ones I have had around town at my favorite restaurants. Everything else has been very tasty.

One more thing to consider if you haven't already. You will need accessories in order to utilize the full potential of either one. I used Ceramic Grill Store accessories instead of BGE's plate setter and am very happy I did. The Big Rig they sell is much more versatile than BGE's stuff imo and CGS builds some quality stuff with real solutions to needs for Kamodo style Qing.

Good luck in your selection.
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I've had my Primo for 4.5 years and love it. Bought it over the BGE because its made in Georgia versus Mexico.
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