I keep looking around and saw a Char-Griller 6719 AKORN Kamado Kooker which is half the price of a green egg (if not more). Now, I know that the cheaper I go, the quicker it will fall apart (well, I think). Anyone tried that one?
I have owned an Akorn for nearly two years. It is a double-walled, insulated kamado style cooker. I also own a Kamado Joe classic but I find myself still using the Akorn all the time. Keep it clean and covered and you will get your money out of the Akorn. A great resource for all things kamado is kamadoguru.com. Great site with great people. Sound familiar?
Light, easy to move
Can produce great results just like the ceramics
Cast iron cooking grate
Standard second rack
Miserly with lump
Not ceramic, doesn't retain hear nearly as well but still quite capable of long cooks
Should be covered when not in use. Branded cover is excellent
Benefits from user modifications to better seal the cooker. That said, there are plenty of guys who don't do any mods.
Life expectancy significantly less than ceramic
Cast iron grate
IMHO, for those who wish to dip their toes in the pool before diving in the Akorn is a great buy. I have zero plans of getting rid of mine and when Char-Griller puts their Akorn Jr. back on the market I will buy one.