W.S.M. vs Bubba Keg
Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:17 AM
You should ask Mike with AZ BBQ, since he cooked on one during the college football season and won the BK tailgate challenge.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:54 AM
Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:14 AM
Posted 09 January 2010 - 01:36 PM
That 22" WSM (or were you talking 18"?) seems like a nice cooker. IMHO
Edited by Darry Smith, 09 January 2010 - 01:36 PM.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:18 PM
Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:34 PM
Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:59 AM
If you are planning to do comps, I would suggest that you go with WSM's. They are light and transport easily. Not to mention the fact that there are tons of extremely successful teams using them. They are completely proven.
That said, the Bubba Keg looks like a pretty decent design. If it were me and I could get a great price on three of the Bubba Kegs (cheaper than the WSMs) I'd probably roll the dice and use them in contests. If I was buying for my house, I get two large eggs and be done with it for the rest of my life.
Posted 24 January 2010 - 07:29 PM
Hi, I'm the person who bought the BKG from Mike of AZ Barbeque. I've only spoken with him a few times but I believe he'd give you an honest opinion of the BKG, however, he only used it at tailgates for the Bubba Keg competition so his experience with it might be limited. I do know the only reason he sold it is because he had no real use for it (he has a really nice Diamond Plate smoker) and I think he donated the money to a good cause. This was lucky for me as I got a lightly used smoker at a great price.
I evaluated the BGE, Primo, and Kamado Joe (all of which are sold at BBQ Island here in AZ)before I bought the BKG. I've never cooked on a ceramic but I can give you the pros/cons of the BKG.
No Diffuser - at this moment there is no diffuser for the BKG although the company is supposed to be releasing one soon. This is mitigated by the fact that all BGE accessories fit in a BKG
Limitied Accessories - as stated above this is mitigated by the fact that BGE accessories fit into the BKG
Heat Retention - believe it or not the heat retention on a BKG is almost too good. If you overshoot your target temperature on low and slow cooks it will take 1-2 hours to get the thing to cool down. You just need to be extra careful with starting your fire. I fill my chimney starter about 1/3 full of lump which I then dump on my unlit coals. You also need to have the bottom vent open about 1/2-3/4 inch and your top vent barely open when you dump your coals.
Warranty - the warranty on a BGE is 5 years vs. the lifetime warranty on a BGE. It's built rather sturdy so I don't foresee any issues but you without a proven track record you just never know.
Price - I got mine at a discount but with a price of $600+tax it is a pretty good bargain relative to the cost of a BGE/Primo (~$1K+ similarly equipped). You can get a Kamado Joe at BBQ Island for ~$800 and it comes with the cooker, nest, grates, side tables, and ash tool so the price dispartiy isn't so big for this cooker.
Extras Included in Purchase - the BKG comes with everything you need and the mult-tool is all you need to work your BKG
Heat Retention - the BKG uses very little charcoal because it retains heat so well.
Portability - I took my BKG to the BCS National Championship game (I went to UT) and had it lit for ~26 hours straight. You can't do this with a BKG.
Surface Temperature - the external temperature of a BKG is much cooler than a BGE at the same temperature. If you have kids this might be a big deal. If not, then it's a non-factor.
Breakage - you don't have to worry about breaking it. Once again this is only a big deal if you need to move your cooker occasionally or have kids who might inadvertently damage your cooker
Overall, I've been really satisfied with my purchase. Assuming I would have to pay regular price I would buy the BKG with the Kamado Joe coming in at a close second.
BTW, the manufacture of the BKG (In-Zone) is releasing the Big Steel Keg which is basically the same as the BKG with a couple of improvements...air control is more precise at lower temps and it comes with a grill cover. However, it does not come with a trailer hitch. See the link on the BSK @ http://bubbakeg.com/...php?topic=442.0 if you want more info on the BSK. Also, visit the BKG forum if you want more feedback on the BKG.
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