I called char-griller to ask about the Big Red Kamado Kooker. They called me back letting me know that it is not on their site because it is currently a "Menards Exclusive". The lid (i was looking at it at Menards) is thick like a BGE, so I asked if it was hollow, she said it is filled with standard stove insulation. There is a shelf about 2 inches below the grates so I asked if there is a plate I could buy for indirect heat, she had no idea what I was talking about... it would be nice if it fits BGE accessories. One other key point is that she said it will be on their site once Lowes starts selling it in Black within the next couple months. I also got out of her that she thinks lowes will be selling it cheaper.
I really looked this over at Menards and I was impressed, it felt really solid, especially the stand components. No felt for the lid seal, it is more of a oven door "rope like" seal.