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Kamado Joe 2 vs Kamado Joe 3


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I tried to search for it, however couldn’t find it. 
can someone tell me the depth of the Kamado Big Joe with the Lid fully open. 
 

from the control top to the most forward part of the grill?

 

I need to figure out how far out I have to build my table for it to open without hitting the wall behind it   
 

thank you so much!

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Bit the bullet and bought one finally- Classic III based on my personal research and desire for that “bang for your buck”. Thank you John for your YouTube presence, my first cook was effortless. 
This is my first Kamado, but I knew going in I wanted a basket. I knew I wanted my wife to be able to make pizza without opening it (she will so forget to burp it) and I knew I was buying it to smoke on. Then I saw the sloroller....

Being a science teacher...Injust couldn’t resist. I had to see that in action! 
got up to temp, opened it and added a little cherry, brought it back up and it was smoking like a train. Opened it again and know what? You can see the smoke rolling just like they said it would!  
Never used anything else, but this thing is cool and produced a perfect whole chicken and some amazing salmon filets for me first time out. Works great! 

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Two days ago I just purchased the Big Joe 2 and was feeling confident, now a little insecure and I don't like it.  So for an extra 6oo + the Big Joe 3 is that much better of a kamado due to the included SloRoller?  For those who are using the 3 is it seriously that big of a difference?  The cart, ash basket and 3 tier (I eat big, but not much) is a non issue for me, its all about great food.  Have not received delivery yet, so I am curious about opinions.  Thanks in advance and stay safe.  

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1 hour ago, Henry B 3 said:

Two days ago I just purchased the Big Joe 2 and was feeling confident, now a little insecure and I don't like it.  So for an extra 6oo + the Big Joe 3 is that much better of a kamado due to the included SloRoller?  For those who are using the 3 is it seriously that big of a difference?  The cart, ash basket and 3 tier (I eat big, but not much) is a non issue for me, its all about great food.  Have not received delivery yet, so I am curious about opinions.  Thanks in advance and stay safe.  

 

If the difference all boils down to the sloroller, then I'd say no.  It's not worth the difference in that case.  I'd still add the charcoal basket to the 2 if you get the 2.  If you come to the conclusion that you don't really need the Big Joe and can work with the Classic, get the classic 3 instead of the Big Joe 2.  You would be amazed at how much meat you can cook on the Classic.

 

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I agree with John. I have the 3, the sloroller is ok but I am not seeing a huge difference in using it.

 

Doesnt the 3 have an improved hinge that the 2 doesnt have? If thats the case then that is worth it. I love the hinge on my 3

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I have a [black] 2012? 18" Classic 1 that does everything I want it to do with VERY minimal fuse  - after completing the required learning curve of course.

 

No Magic Control Tower , Gimmicky Slow Roller, or useless multiple cooking levels...Just the tried and true Divide / Conquer.

 

It lives outside 12 months a year {under a cover} in our harsh Northern Canadian weather & still looks and cooks like new. However, I do take care of it to a certain degree.

 

I can't personally see how it can be beat.

 

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On 4/29/2021 at 3:44 PM, John Setzler said:

 

If the difference all boils down to the sloroller, then I'd say no.  It's not worth the difference in that case.  I'd still add the charcoal basket to the 2 if you get the 2.  If you come to the conclusion that you don't really need the Big Joe and can work with the Classic, get the classic 3 instead of the Big Joe 2.  You would be amazed at how much meat you can cook on the Classic.

 

John, this is great information; Right now, Atlanta Grill Company has all the KJs on sale. They have the Big Joe 2 and the Classic 3 on sale which come out to the same price; I have a Vision Diamond Cut and have had issues cooking more than 3 butts at a time. I have also had issues with cooking more than 4-5 racks of ribs as well. It's not something I do often, maybe a few times a year, but when I needed that space the Vision has been cramped; I am guessing the Classic is about the same size but the divide and conquer are better; Just thinking for the same price I can get the space of a BJ 2 and save myself a significant amount of $$ of the BJ3; Thoughts? 

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If you need space for 3+ butts or 4-5 racks of ribs, I’d recommend the BJ. I have a Classic 3 and even with the expansion grate, I doubt I could get that much on it. I’ve cooked 3 racks of baby backs (no rib rack) with the expansion grate and at best, could have squeezed 1 more on. I’ve only cooked 1 butt at a time, but don’t think I could get more than 2 on - maybe 3 with the expansion rack if there’s enough room under the expansion.

 

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4 hours ago, GS1397 said:

John, this is great information; Right now, Atlanta Grill Company has all the KJs on sale. They have the Big Joe 2 and the Classic 3 on sale which come out to the same price; I have a Vision Diamond Cut and have had issues cooking more than 3 butts at a time. I have also had issues with cooking more than 4-5 racks of ribs as well. It's not something I do often, maybe a few times a year, but when I needed that space the Vision has been cramped; I am guessing the Classic is about the same size but the divide and conquer are better; Just thinking for the same price I can get the space of a BJ 2 and save myself a significant amount of $$ of the BJ3; Thoughts? 

 

I can cook 4 butts on a classic and I can cook 6 to 8 racks of ribs.. no problem.  You have to get past the idea that your meat has to lay flat and can't be touching.  When this realization sets in, the classic is a very formidable system.

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