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$399.97 Phase 2 (Vision) Ceramic Kamado Grill at Costco -- B&M, YMMV

david3808 282 August 29, 2012 at 05:34 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (2)
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Grabbed this smoker in a Bay Area Costco. I've seen these for $600-$700 elsewhere.

Brick & Mortar only. Online is $699 http://www.costco.com/Browse/Prod...d=11760270

Costco # 538124

Phase 2 Ceramic Kamado Grill at Costco -- YMMV
- Pine Wood Drop Shelves
- Stainless Steel Grates
- Stainless Steel Hardware
- Stand with 2 Locking Casters
- Cape-Style Vinyl Cover

9/1: You'd have to call Costco to check stock. For example, the one in Redwood City only has the floor display. The one in Santa Clara (last I checked) sold 2 in one day and has only 1 in stock.

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you will love it! we own a egg and dont know why we didnt buy one earlier
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OP: If you can, put item # of Costco.
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Link [costco.com] and Item Number: 538124
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Quote from cheapodeal View Post :
OP: If you can, put item # of Costco.
Done. Costco # 538124. Will be adding picture soon.
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Quote from Vegas Slim View Post :
you will love it! we own a egg and dont know why we didnt buy one earlier
What is this Japanese grill?
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saw it costco alhambra for 399.97 as well
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These always look nice but I don't know why you'd get one over a weber bullet.
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These always look nice but I don't know why you'd get one over a weber bullet.
because it will last forever? you can sear at 700 plus degrees or low and slow for 20-24 hours without adding more lump?
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can someone please help me understand why this is so expensive?
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because it will last forever? you can sear at 700 plus degrees or low and slow for 20-24 hours without adding more lump?
So will my bullet. I've done 12hrs with coals still going, I'm sure if I tried I could do 20hrs but I have no idea why you would need to and I can get a HELLUVA lot hotter with a chimney, that's how I do my tuna steaks.
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can someone please help me understand why this is so expensive?
You aren't the only one, I've been looking at them for a decade (ended up with my WSM 3 yrs ago) and while they are well built (at least the big green egg is) I've never understood the hype.
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You aren't the only one, I've been looking at them for a decade (ended up with my WSM 3 yrs ago) and while they are well built (at least the big green egg is) I've never understood the hype.
I pulled this comment from a neutral site (not the BGE fanboi site): http://www.thesmokering.com/forum...1912b8c1b2

We have huge temperature swings here. The insulation that the ceramic provides is really nice when doing a low and slow cook. Yes it's expensive, but the 22.5in WSM isn't cheap either. The biggest drawback is if you have to move it. I ended up buying a smaller BGE to bring camping.

The ceramic also makes it much more charcoal efficient. I was at a cook with a guy who was using a WSM. He ended up running out of charcoal during his cook because it was so cold and windy outside. I've never used a WSM, but this is my only experience with it.
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I read the whole thread, it seems like nobody has/had both and of course the egg guys are saying they love their eggs (after dropping 8 bills I would say I love it too) and the WSM guys saying if they had the cash they would buy one (which is like saying if I won the lottery I would buy one as a foot rest.) Of course this isn't a BGE so even a BGE/WSM comparison doesn't have much to do with this particular unit. This particular ceramic grill seems to line up with the 18.5" WSM (18.5" is the grate diameter) which I picked up for ~$240.

I live in SoCal and temperature doesn't really swing, I can smoke/grill/bake and I've never run out of coal Smilie
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I'm not going to debate if Kamado is better than WSM. I don't care. I'm happy with my purchase.

There's a good, neutral feedback on this thread from a guy that owns both. The thread is about Kamado vs WSM, and he happens to own the BGE.

http://ask.metafilter.com/199704/...-it-or-not

If you read the costco reviews, they're mostly 4- and 5-star reviews. One reviewer had a WSM. Considering they can easily return the product back to costco, I wouldn't think they would say positive things about it just because they own it.

http://reviews.costco.com/2070/11...TextLength
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