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Why not cheaper than $974?
Note that while its an excellent slow smoker, if used as a grill (as advertised) their is quite a bit of wear and tear applied to replaceable parts including mechnical switches and firebricks.
There are plenty of mods that one should do, it will add to the cost but likely extend the longevity by a much more significant margin.
Still worth it even if you have to shell out a few extra hundred for the upgrades
For sure it's a great starting place for an excellent grill/smoker. Just making sure people are informed.
While I'm sure they'll fail eventually, I've had my 560 since September last year, done 3-4 cooks a week ranging from low temp smoking, grilling, to max 700 degree cooking (pizzas etc) and all of my switches are going fine still. They're easy to bypass and I've heard there's metal switches being released soon too.
The hopper degradation is part of the design too; there metal chute is to hold the fire brick in place during delivery.
Yeah i've been following this one and really wanted it.
Had to settle for an MB electric smoker on sale due to storage issues (and this one at full price was out of my range)
Seems like a monthly deal.
Bbqs galore are good with replacements if you get a dud though
Any recommendations on something <$500 for someone looking to get into smoking?
Depends how much time you have.
Weber smokey mountain is probably the best buy under $500. Weber kettles can also work.
You could look at aldi gas smokers which are rebadged hark, people sell them new on marketplace and gumtree.
Personally not a fan of pellet smokers.
Kamados are good too as suggested below.
This is almost identical to the BBQ Galore- Dragon Kamado, it comes with a ceramic heat deflector and cover. The sides fold down for a bit easier storage.
Below is the Dragon Kamado ( I picked one up for $399 a couple of years ago and had to purchase a heat deflector from Bunnings- same one as the alien for $65)
Agree. I have a Kamado and it's a great cooker to start with if you're keen. Suggest you look at gumtree as one can be had for around $200.
Grab a fornetto bullet smoker from bunnings or try and find a weber kettle on gumtree.
Used fornettos on gumtree too, I've seen them near new / used once