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Komodo Fake Green Egg from Costco: a good buy?

I'm moving into a new apartment with an actual patio soon, meaning I'll finally have a place to put a smoker. I wanted a more versatile machine than your typical Weber-type smoker, so I decided on a Big Green Egg because you can also use it as a high heat grill and pizza oven. But just the other day at Costco, the off-brand ceramic Komodo caught my eye. A lot cheaper than the Egg, and I've had good luck with Costco-brand items before.

It looks like an Egg, but does it cook like an Egg?

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  1. A little late for you, but these are always a closeout in late August (half-off). I was tempted to buy one last year for about $350-ish, but it would have been my third grill purchase for 2013 and my wife would have skewered me. Very well reviewed on their website:

    http://www.costco.com/Vision-Grills-C...

    1. Haven't seen it so can't be sure, but it may or may not be an off-brand knockoff. Could be the real thing or a dumbed down version made by the OEM just for Costco and rebadged.

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      1. re: acgold7

        It's not a BGE, they don't sell to Costco. This has come up numerous times on the BGE forums.

        Here is the link to the one currently being sold

        http://www.visiongrills.com

        http://www.costco.com/Vision-Grills-C...

      2. I have owned a LG BGE about 10 years now. Extremely versatile. Works well in summer time 100 degree heat and more importantly in the dead of winter when its well below freezing outside which is where many metal smokers have trouble.

        I low temp smoke, med temp roast & 1000 degree plus sear.

        High temp steak searing is the most common at our house. I bring this up because I have cracked a firebox which BGE replaced free and my "local independent" dealer brought the new firebox in with a regular BGE shipment so there was no shipping cost.

        My chief concern would be Warranty of the ceramics and how is a warranty issue handled. Ceramics components are heavy and fragile to ship. As I said, my BGE warranty experience through my local dealer was great. How are they handled with the Costco Komodo would be a question I would want answered.

        1. I own the Costco grill and I love it. I've had it for almost 2 years. The BGE is just a brand of this type of grill. Most recently, I grilled steaks in below 0 temps which is something I could not have done on my gas grill.

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          1. re: suburban_mom

            Your right Mom, BGE is just a brand but its one of the first mass produced ceramic cookers and has a long successful proven track record with great local customer support / dealers. Primo & Grill Dome are newer to the market but have a good reputations and good customer support in "SOME" areas. They also cost about what the BGE does.

            There are new comers to the ceramic scene but who do you deal with when something breaks & how do you deal with them? Freight on fragile ceramic components is both problematic & EXPENSIVE. Also, if the new companies don't capture a certain % of the market will they still be around in 10 or 20 years?

            Unlike big box store cheap throwaway gas grills, Ceramic Cookers have the potential to be lifetime products and all of these factors all should be considered when determining whether the cost savings of straying from the pack are worth it. It just might be, I don't know.

            1. re: Tom34

              All I know is if I have an issue, I can return it to Costco. That alone was worth the risk of going with an "off brand".

              1. re: suburban_mom

                We have a Costco near us, been there many times, but I am not a member. I have heard their return policy is second to none, even with electronics.

                I was at a NFL superstar's house and saw a BGE out back. When he found out that I knew what it was and that I was a veteran Egg Head, football talk was over and it was all about ceramic cooking the rest of the day.

                Haven't been to a steak house or barbecue joint in years. Ceramics do it better.

          2. I've never used the Costco version, but I've had a large BGE for over a decade. Great cooker, great customer service.

            There might be an EggFest (gathering of people who cook on BGEs) near you this spring or summer. They usually sell slightly used Eggs there at a discounted rate.