I have myself a large size "Big Green Egg", the original, and it simply, as stated multiple times on this thread, the best. I have had it for over 5 years now, and after owning several BBQ's (all charcoal) this one provides the best flavor and food consistently. As stated, it becomes a labor of love, as it is a proactive que that involves time, patience, and minor skill (until experience is gained) on how to fire it up and dial it in. To further add to the recent posts on this thread, I recommend using Cowboy Brand hardwood lump charcoal; available at most all home depot stores, and some Ace Hardware stores, $8/bag. I am an avid "egghead", and if anyone has specific questions, feel free to ask.