I just bought a very friggin expensive ceramic cooker after 40 years of gas grilles that I toss out after 6 years or so due to rot.
It's a Green Egg knock off, but looking at the Primo, Kamado and the whole slew of them available in the USA and Canada, they are as different as 6 and half a dozen for what they end up doing.
It's a fact that I'll likely pass this one on to my grand kids. I'm impressed with how temperature and smoke and humidity are controlled by these ceramic crocks. Makes the food that I've always wanted to prepare, and easily.
So I bought one to leave at the cabin in the woods by the lake, and after a ball-busting experience of unloading it, mounting in the cradle-legs using a grassy hill as leverage, and rolling the sucker very slowly to it's resting place, I'm not inclined to ever move it again.
Now I'd like one for the city home but not at the rip-off prices they sell at in Toronto Canada.
Having rebuilt boilers and fire-boxes as an apprentice, I know that castable refractory and fire brick are pretty cheap and easy to work with.
Question: Who's built the successful slow cooker from scratch? 80% of old-time boiler rebuilders do it every day. Only a few will respond to this message.
Looking forward to hearing from you.