I've looked it over at my Lowe's, it seems like a very solid grill. A couple things against it are the color, and, like a problem that keeps many kamado makers from really taking off, such as Grill Dome, is a lack of a viable product line.
You walk into a BGE dealer and there is the grill, and there are a wide assortment of racks to go with it, and there is an end cap that has probably 20 or more accessories to purchase. This makes you realize the true versatility of the grill, and why you might pay that kind of money for it.
You walk into a Lowe's, on the other hand, and you just have the grill sitting there, often times not put together as well as it could be, with no accessories, whatsoever, to go with it. The only thing that comes to mind is, "That's a lot of money for a 19" grill."
There is a lot of truth in the saying, "It's all in the marketing". BGE is successful because of their very well fitting plate setter, their pizza stone, their grilling grates, their BBQ brushes, and accessories their salt n' pepper shakers, their corn holders, their wok, their vegetable holder, their charcoal, and I know I'm missing about a half dozen other things that surround the L & XL grill they have at our local hw store.
So, in summary, I think the problem lies almost more in the grill's marketing than its quality, from the putrid green color to its kind of hokey name, Bayou Classic has a huge opportunity to grow their market share by being in most Lowes throughout the US, and right now, I would have to say Vision is winning the Large Retailer marketing nitch, over at Home Depot,with superior customer service and superior viable product line. I understand Vision will soon be introducing a large line of kamado accessories for their Classic and Pro products, available on their website and at HD.
Costco Vision Classic Kamado