Webber Kettle Vs Pellet Smoker Vs Kamado Joe Series 2

  • What BBQ type should I buy? 12

    1. Webber Kettle (2) 17%
    2. Traeger Pro Series 22 (0) 0%
    3. Kamado Joe Classic D&C on Cart Series II (7) 58%
    4. Something else (3) 25%

    Hi there folks,

    I'm recently back in Australia after ~15years overseas and looking forward to getting into some BBQing/Smoking. I'm looking for some advise on what way to go in terms of kit. I've previously had a (Very old) Webber Kettle and would throw a leg of lamb/rolled Pork (or whatever else) on there pretty much every Sunday. Now I'm back in Oz again I'm wondering if I should buy another Webber Kettle, move onto a Smoker - like the Treater Pro Series 22, OR get one of these Kamado that I'm hearing about.

    I understand that each has a different price point ($500 - $2K) and I'm happy to spend the cash for quality as I'll prob get a fair bit of use out of it.

    My main worry is that I hear Kamado's can be a bit work to use, and obviously price especially when buying all the accessories. Using the Kamado to do Pizza's and steaks and more than just what I used my Webber for in the past sounds pretty interesting thought. Pellet smoker sounds (from what I read) a bit easier to use because they self regulate temp, but then again I read so much conflicting info it gets confusing.

  • i voted the kamado for versatility, although i don't own one but use my brothers a lot. In saying that i own a weber kettle and love it and to date have been able to do everything in it that we can in the brothers kamado. Sorry for contributing to the confusion :D

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  • I voted for the Kamado. I do have a Primo, which has a larger surface area, but the only difference is shape. I also own a Webber. I used my Webber once every couple of months. I use my Primo 4 times per week at least.

    Benefits I have with the Ceramic Kamado is the fact it lights so much easier.
    Easier to maintain a constant temperature.
    Making a Pizza is amazing in the Kamado, in that it can get screaming hot.
    Doing a reverse sear is the bomb. The fire will get screaming hot really fast.
    Low and slow is a dream. It will hold temp without using a heap of charcoal / fuel.

    There are options available other than the Kamado you listed if you do decide to go down the ceramic route.

    One "issue" is weight. They are not easy to move, either locations or up and down stairs if this is something you have in mind, or can see in your future.

    Happy to answer any questions.

    Primo XL :bbq: - orange 1986 Webber Kettle - Broil King Royal Gas BBQ - Coolabah Pantera Gas BBQ - Webber go Anywhere - Cobb cooker. One or the other will be in use sometime soon. Loves using cast iron. :thumbup:

  • Thanks CarpeSmoke - is there a Kamado that you'd recommend other than the one I've listed. I put that in as I see they are on special and I get a discount from the store too but quick google seems to find a heap of others...

  • I know they are not as large, however look at some of the options available at Bunnings. They are the chineese make and models. Kamado Joe is also made in China.

    you are the only one to know exactly what features you need first and foremost, as far as size, and features you need. They all hold fire and temp, the rest is up to you.

    Primo XL :bbq: - orange 1986 Webber Kettle - Broil King Royal Gas BBQ - Coolabah Pantera Gas BBQ - Webber go Anywhere - Cobb cooker. One or the other will be in use sometime soon. Loves using cast iron. :thumbup:

  • This is a bargain !!!~ The Kettle Joe with $400 of list price so it's cheaper and better than the Akorn.

    Buy Kamado Joe Kettle Joe Charcoal BBQ at Barbeques Galore.

    Big Green Egg - Asmoke Pellet Grill - Weber Kettle - Maximus Pizza Oven - Dragon Hibachi - Ziggy Portable - baby kamado - Grillz 2 burner - Cobb BBQ - Converted Gas Bottle Spit - Charbroil Grill2go - Anova sous vide - Digi Q controller - plus Tip Top Temp - Smokeware cap - Grill Grates

  • It really depends on what type of food you want to make. A kamado is a great all-rounder, but there's a significant learning curve.

    A pellet BBQ is great at everything except for grilling. But it's basically plug and play.

    The good old Weber Kettle and the Akorn kamado are great ways to get into the hobby cheaply.

    Masterbuilt Gravity 800 | Maximus Pizza Oven | GMG - Daniel Boone | Cyprus Grill | Big Steel Keg | Blackstone Griddle | Fire Pit | Weber Genesis |

  • Can you elaborate further on what you want to cook and for how many?

    But that link that Gumb posted up above it's extremely tempting to say at that price just get that. You could get that and a portable pellet smoker like the Asmoke and be under $1000.

    I know it didn't come up in the original question, but do you have a gas BBQ? Not sure where your life stage is at, but for me, given a busy family with teenagers, I couldn't survive without a gas BBQ.



    Traeger - Weber Family Q - Ziggy Twin Burner - Charcoal Grill - Akorn Kamado - Hark Tri Fire - Jumbuck Pizza Oven - Go Anywhere - Asmoke Pellet Grill - Hibachi Grill - Anova Sous Vide x 2

  • You could get that and a portable pellet smoker like the Asmoke and be under $1000.

    That's exactly what I'd do. :thumbup:

    Big Green Egg - Asmoke Pellet Grill - Weber Kettle - Maximus Pizza Oven - Dragon Hibachi - Ziggy Portable - baby kamado - Grillz 2 burner - Cobb BBQ - Converted Gas Bottle Spit - Charbroil Grill2go - Anova sous vide - Digi Q controller - plus Tip Top Temp - Smokeware cap - Grill Grates

  • Thanks for inputs everyone.

    Yes I have a Gas BBQ. Just a fairly cheap 4 burner from Bunnings. Does the job for burgers, snag's etc. I haven't tried anything else yet. Seems that it can only be on full heat or not at all...nothing in-between.

    In terms of what I'd be cooking/for how many. Guess it's mostly my family of four and maybe another family/some friends who'll often be round on the weekend. I've really only done Roast Pork/Lamb before in the webber kettle I had but looking to do a bit more adventurous (Rips, pulled pork, Pizza, etc.) but that would depend on the kit I end up with I guess.

  • You have a gas unit, so you are familiar with flame broiled taste. You have had charcoal unit, so you know the taste that it imparts. Have you ever had hard wood pellet cooked food? If so, do you have a preference between them?

    I am a Hardwood person, pellet unit is my fuel of choice, so I am bias. I would not recommend a Traeger if you go that route though, other, better options I believe even in your neck of the world.

    "‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’”

  • I'm 100% Weber Kettle, there's so many ways you can set up the coals to suit your way of cooking, no burping the Weber like some Komados, the Kettles will last for many decades if you look after them and can uy them brand new with an Australian cook book for as little as $500 with an ashpot which i recommend over the ashpan but either is good. With the gourmet food grate, you remove the centre circle grate and add things like a griddle, wok, cross grate for grilling, and a camp oven especially made to use in the Kettle. You can use them to smoke, bake, roast, grill and griddle cook, add smoke or not, up to you, they are and will always be the most versatile cooker in existence and you can buy 2 or 3 weber kettles for the price of 1 Komado....now that's value!!

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