Marty wrote:I do think with out any direct experience that the Keg is a more finished product. There are just more possible leaks with the akorn. I really do want a Keg.
I think both are great, the Keg is definately better built but the Akorn is a better value.
On the Keg I like the thicker cast iron, side shelves and upper grate, it also seems to be a bit better insulated as the outside barely gets warm when the inside is at 600 degrees.
The Akorn has a larger grilling area, I like the wheels better and believe it or not I like the removable center of the grate (although I've never had to use it yet). Most of all the price!
Both are great cookers, you can't really go wrong with either. I'm lucky to have both, I can set one for high temperatures for searing then have the other for low and slow. Plus I can probably cook 10 or more butts if I ever needed too. I'd actually like another keg or Akorn for contests.