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  • Irfan7
    Former Member
    • May 2020
    • 3

    Can't decide between a big Joe 3 or wscg

    Hi guys Im about to buy a Weber summit charcoal grill for a good price but unsure if I should pay a little extra and get a big Joe 3..
    ​​​​​if anyone has any experience with either could help me decide ? Cheers
  • Thunder77
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2735
    • Halethorpe, MD
    • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

    #2
    Personally, I would go with the WSCG. Both are fine products, but for me the weight would be the deciding factor.

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    • tenphases
      Club Member
      • Nov 2016
      • 204
      • Jersey City NJ
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      #3
      I break things so I like metal. Babybackmaniac has a nice series on this precise question.

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      • au4stree
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 496
        • Birmingham, AL
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

        #4
        I was in your same predicament and went with the WSCGC. It performs wonderfully and is much lighter than any ceramic. One key thing about the weber, when you overshoot your temp, which happens, is that it responds much quicker to vent adjustments than any ceramic.

        You'll really like the Summit, they hit it out of the park on that one.

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        • Spinaker
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          • Nov 2014
          • 10411
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          #5
          Well, I am a ceramic guy through and through. I like them more that the steel kamados that I owned. My Broil King Keg had rust issues around the damper and the under body. Even though the unit was powder coated.

          Yes, ceramics are more fragile, how often are you going to really move it? I move my Eggs and Kamado Joe, maybe once a year. And When I do, I am carful, but I never feel like they are going to shatter when I wheel them around. When you have something like the Big Joe III, you are not going to be moving it around the patio much.

          They are both fine units, it just comes down to what you like. You will be happy either way.

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          • CaptainMike
            Club Member
            • Nov 2015
            • 2339
            • The Great State of Jefferson
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            #6
            I can't speak to the ceramic, but the WSCG does it all. It has a pretty flat learning curve and is very forgiving. I went through the drill deciding what to get (WSCG, ceramic, or Hasty Bake) and Max Good's review and fyzxdoc's recommendation sealed the deal for me. https://amazingribs.com/grill-smoker...l-grill-review

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            • Old Glory
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              • Feb 2018
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              #7
              I like the WSCG better than my XLBGE. But both are great.

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              • jhapka
                Club Member
                • May 2019
                • 128
                • Grand Rapids, MN
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                #8
                This decision is a good problem to have

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                • Irfan7
                  Former Member
                  • May 2020
                  • 3

                  #9
                  Thanks alot for all of your help . I think I'll go summit it's $1000 cheaper here in Australia

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                  • CaptainMike
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                    And of course the compulsory Down Under wisecrack: You'll be able to put a helluva lot of shrimp on that barbie! Show us a few cooks after you get it and let us know how you like it.
                • Irfan7
                  Former Member
                  • May 2020
                  • 3

                  #10
                  Sure thing 👍

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                  • fzxdoc
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                    #11
                    Good choice, Irfan7 . You won't regret it. The versatility and solid performance of the WSCG are what keep me loving to use mine.

                    Kathryn

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