The only accessory that comes with the cooker is the cover. It is black and made from a cloth-like material. The Vision Grills web site indicates that it is made from heavy vinyl. It has a slit down one side that fastens with Velcro. We couldn't really unfurl it completely in the store, so we did the best we could:
The only other accessory listed on the Vision Grills web site is a "lava" stone which can be used as a cooking stone and a heat deflector. It can either be placed on a cooking grid or suspended over the firebox using the pictured metal bracket. Our volunteer owner showed us a photo of what happens if you get the stone to close to a hot fire. We'd obviously suggest being gentle with the stone or perhaps buying a sturdier pizza stone instead.
Cooking On The Vision Grills Classic B Cooker
We didn't have access to a cooker to do a lot of cooking so we could show you lots of lovely photos, but Mike was able to provide us with a few photos of some food cooking in his cooker:
In order to get a feel for the efficiency of the cooker, we let the cooker sit at 400°F for 2 hours (in this case controlled by a Stoker temperature controller) and then measured the temperature at three locations on the dome: the rim, halfway up the side, and at the base of the chimney. This gives an idea of how much heat is being kept inside the cooker versus how much is being allowed to radiate away through the cooker walls. The temperatures we measured on a large Big Green Egg, a Kamado Joe Classic, and a Kamado Joe BigJoe were all comparable: Around 180°F near the lower edge of the dome, up to 245°F at the base of the chimney. The Vision Grills cooker was about 20-30°F hotter in all locations, ranging from 208°F to 265°F. So clearly this cooker is letting more heat radiate out of the cooker through the walls and it won't be quite as efficient as any of the other cookers we have tested so far.
This cooker is clearly is not at the same level as Big Green Egg and Kamado Joe cookers. Witness the list of minor problems/annoyances we discovered:
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