This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you are a member you must log in now. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

For those with multiple cookers: how do you choose?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    How do I choose? It all depends.


    • DesertRaider
      DesertRaider commented
      Editing a comment
      That was funny.

    Just so’s you know, I don’t want anyone to think I’m dissing them. It’s a genuine question. I’m enjoying the education. It won’t change me, but I’m not looking to change anyone either. I want to understand.


    • JimLinebarger
      JimLinebarger commented
      Editing a comment
      I didn't take it as a diss but as you said a real question. Which sometimes is a difficult question. But, I will forbid you from talking to my wife! She thinks I am done. But I haven't won the grand prize yet and there must be new smokers/grills out there that I haven't seen yet. So, I kinda am in Troutman 's corner.

    To me it's like with more horsepower...........if you have to ask you won't understand.............just because is a good answer.


    • Mosca
      Mosca commented
      Editing a comment
      Horsepower is awesome. But if you can't go fast with 90 horsepower, then 900 isn't going to help you.

    • ofelles
      ofelles commented
      Editing a comment
      Mosca Fast? maybe not realistic on the everyday street but...................

    • Mosca
      Mosca commented
      Editing a comment
      I’m talking about the driver. It’s like rain at a track day... "It’s raining horsepower!", because now all the cars are at the limit of traction, and you have to know how to drive at the limit.

      Freakin’ Chirons, man. Great cars.

    I have a Weber Genesis gasser, Weber Performer 26" and a Cabela's 24" pellet cooker. I like the convenience of the gasser for fast cooks and the pellet cooker for slow cooks.

    I got the Performer when I needed some extra capacity for a large cook a few years ago. I enjoy using it for either slow or fast cooks when I have the time and just want to change things up. Wife doesn't care for grilled foods over charcoal, so it's rare I'm doing that. I keep the Performer around for those times when I need more cook space.


      Hi, my name is Bob. (HI Bob). And I'm a gizmoholic. Thank God my fellow Texan, Troutman broke that log jam of sensible thinking earlier. Hey, if it interests you, and you can get it without raiding the rent money...…...…..GO FOR IT!!!!! Patio too small? Great, another reason to build a bigger one! Come on people, this is the UNITED STATES of AMERICA (and friends)..…......……..look up the translation of E Pluribus Unum! I'm pretty sure it translates to, "More is gooder, and more still is gooder still", or something like that.

      BTW, anybody out there in the market for a well kept Kamado Joe, or a couple of barrel cookers? I'm asking for a friend...……….you know.
      Last edited by Uncle Bob; May 13, 2020, 05:30 PM.


      • surfdog
        surfdog commented
        Editing a comment
        That’s my mantra...
        If the bills are paid, and everything else is covered...go for it. (I didn’t accidentally end up with as many guitars as I have. LOL)

        I always joke that my will is very simple:
        Being of sound mind & body, I spent it all. LOL

      I’ve got a KJ, a Weber performer and a WSM. I started off with an Akorn and when that rusted out got the KJ. I love it but picked up the Weber kettle off the Book of Faces pretty cheap and have found it much more versatile than the KJ. I got the WSM cheap at a yard sale and haven’t really played with it too much but I can see it being extra cooking capacity for ribs, etc.


        What is this "need" word you speak of?
        Last edited by tenphases; May 13, 2020, 06:28 PM.


          The one I really had to talk myself out of was one of those old cast iron kamado looking things. I can't think of the name now. It was really cool, and pretty cheap used. I had to remind myself that it wouldn't be worth having to explain.

          Edit: It was called a Cook 'n Kettle. $200 with many of the accessories.
          Last edited by Mosca; May 13, 2020, 06:36 PM.


            Grills and Motorcycles... Never enough.

            Click image for larger version  Name:	13308352_10208422077286278_5798970448457761138_o.jpg Views:	0 Size:	89.9 KB ID:	845609


            • CaptainMike
              CaptainMike commented
              Editing a comment
              Oh man, I LOVE girls and smokers!!!

            • Troutman
              Troutman commented
              Editing a comment
              Can I get an amen?

            • Mr. Bones
              Mr. Bones commented
              Editing a comment
              Choppa-Choppa! Lookin Good, Brotherman!

            I have a GMG pellet grill, a Weber gasser, and 2 Performers. I got the pellet first, then added the gasser for short cooks. I added a Performer later because I wanted to switch from gas to charcoal (except when I wanted/needed the convenience of the gasser) and added the 2nd one because I found it for $20 on Craig's List. If I had a Performer and SnS first I probably would not own the pellet grill. If I hadn't caught the 2nd Performer so cheap before anyone else claimed it, I wouldn't have that one either. So I have four cookers when I should probably only have two, but it's due to the timing and circumstances of the purchases.

            As far as deciding what to use, the gasser has it's obvious use - quick and easy and it is on my deck and not my patio, which means no stairs to deal with from the kitchen. The GMG gets used if I need more space than a Performer with SnS allows or for the convenience of it since it is also on the deck and starting it requires flipping a switch vs lighting up coals and trying to regulate the temp.

            The Performers are my preferred cookers. I guess I should the the Performer since I have yet to fire both up at the same time and I don't see the need anytime soon with no large gathering in the near future. I prefer the smoke profile when smoking vs the GMG and I prefer charcoal grilling over the gasser. I have a Slow n Sear, a Vortex, and a rotisserie for the kettles which adds some versatility and also allows me to cook a few different ways if I was to light 'em both up. But they are on my patio and I have to wheel them out from under the deck, off the patio and onto the grass when I want to use them and there are stairs between them and my kitchen, so if I feel like being lazy or for any of the reasons mentioned earlier, one of the other grills gets the call.

            So I am set at four grills and at four I shall remain. Any new grill would require sending an old one off to a new home and the only ways I see that happening would be either winning the Pit "Great Giveaway", finding a 26" inch kettle at a cheap price to replace one of the Performers (I've always got an eye out for one), or stumbling upon another crazy deal online like I did with my 2nd Performer.


              I have a gasser, the Weber Kettle and my Smokin-it smoker. Also have a WSM style smoker but I don’t use it.

              The gasser gets the "need to get dinner on the table" duties, the kettle gets the "I have time to have fun" duties and the smoker gets the majority of the long cooks because I don’t have to baby sit it.

              That’s how I choose....I guess there’s some method to that madness!


                For those who say that gassers are quicker than kettles, I don’t think so. I start by lighting the chimney. By the time the food is prepped, the coals are hot. Even with burgers and steaks, there is more food to be cooked. Or even just a burger: by the time you slice the tomato, prep the buns, peel off the cheese, salt and pepper the patties, heat a can of baked beans and open a bag of chips, the coals are hot.

                I would love to have a small gasser, but I think every time I reach decision point I would start the charcoal first.


                • Andrrr
                  Andrrr commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I get the draw of gas but I don’t foresee myself ever buying one. Charcoal takes a little bit but for me it’s never been inhibitive. It helped when it finally dawned on my that I didn’t need to fill up the whole chimney and I generally don’t wait for every coal to be fully engaged.

                • barelfly
                  barelfly commented
                  Editing a comment
                  There are times I go freezer to grill, chicken and pork chops usually, it’s during that time that I am prepping other things. Or making sides.

                  I made hamburgers last week, frozen 1/3lb patties, straight to the gasser and during that time, I sliced the toppings, got the sides ready and within in 30 minutes I had everything ready and on the table to eat.

                  I’d love to cook on the kettle more often, but it’s all a matter of timing and time to get food on the table with two busy teens.

                • Dadof3Illinois
                  Dadof3Illinois commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I have a 3 burner weber gasser and a 26" kettle. It take pretty close to the same amount of time to get each of these up on temp for doing hot and fast cooking. Now, the kettle takes a little more up front prep work but from the time I light the chimney or turn the gas knobs...it's pretty close to the same time. So If I'm cooking I use the kettle....if it's the wife doing the burgers then it's the gasser, and i'm not so sure she's the better cook on the gas grill.

                It was simpler times when it was just my old 22 kettle and 22 WSM. 2 different cookers with two unique uses. Then came the SnS which created some overlap but then came the WSCG, only because of an incredible deal, and now there’s a TON of overlap. Sadly because the kettle and WSCG are so versatile the WSM almost never gets used anymore so I pick whatever one I feel like driving that day.


                  Have a large BGE for direct high temp grilling and rotisserie cooking using a Joe accessory. Can do smoking on it, but much prefer my Yoder 480 that requires much less effort to maintain low temperatures. And when I want to grill one or two items quickly I might use the least expensive of all, a Weber Go. Also have a Weber gas grill but rarely ever use anymore. If price were no object and I didn't mind a divorce, I'd look at Aaron Franklin's new wood fired smokers!
                  Last edited by BBQPhil; May 13, 2020, 11:08 PM.


                    I like the diversity. I have (more than) a few cookers now. I choose based on two factors (which don't necessarily correlate, or coincide):
                    1. Time I have on my hands to babysit (i.e. convenience)
                    2. Flavor profile

                    Most of the time I use a kettle (not necessarily a Weber, just a kettle with an SnS), because the size is right, it's easy to fire up, and is very stable, meaning I don't have to tend to it.

                    If I have the time, I use either
                    - my Parrilla or Santa Maria accessory for the kettle for semi-direct grilling. Love it!
                    - my offset smoker for that top notch smoke flavor. Love it too!

                    The first grill I bought is the BGE. But to be honest I'm not that excited about it anymore. It's not great for direct grilling, and I can smoke just as well using the kettles or the offset. So I may just sell it. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine cooker, but pulling out the kettle+SnS gets my just as good results, if not better.

                    If I had to down-size I would only keep these three:
                    The Parrilla
                    A kettle + SnS
                    My offset

                    I didn't mention my PK original. It's the ultimate steak searing machine, but I can do that with the SnS in a kettle too since the meat gets close to the fire. And the PK has very little surface area. I can cook a brisket in a kettle, but it won't fit in the PK. On the other hand, the PK looks and feels much nicer, due to the cast aluminum.



                    No announcement yet.


                    These are not paid ads, they are a curated selection of products we love.

                    All of the products below have been tested and are highly recommended. Click here to read more about our review process.

                    Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

                    Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our “buy now” links. This has zero impact on the price you pay but helps support the site.

                    A Propane Smoker That Performs Under Pressure

                    The Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’. Click here to read our detailed review.

                    Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

                    The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat-controlled oven. Click here for our review of this superb smoker.

                    Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

                    3 burner gas grill

                    The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood including dual-tube burners that are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. Click here to read our complete review.

                    Amp Up Your Outdoor Cooking Game By Joining The Pitmaster Club

                    AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club
                    Now the largest membership-based BBQ and grilling community in the world, the Pitmaster Club is sure to step up your outdoor cooking game. Experience the countless benefits — from monthly giveaways, to free products, to exclusive content, and more– by signing up for a 30-day free trial below! Get a free 30-day trial here.