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Unread 02-01-2013, 02:30 PM   #16
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I really enjoy my SJG, and after converting it to a smoker with the stock pot with two cooking racks it's become a great portable grill/smoker. That said, it still can't compete with my UDS for ease of use and consistency, and I find that in cold weather(below 30*) it won't get up to or hold temp especially if it's windy whereas the UDS isn't really affected at all. I know it's apples and oranges, that's just my experiences with the two as a comparison. Honestly I was sold on the little Weber as a go-to smoker until it got cold outside, then I had to go back to the ol' UDS. If it's even slightly windy I think the side air intakes on the SJG allow air to blow in one side and right out the other, pulling the heat right out with it. In retrospect I feel a SJS would function better with the bottom intake. Still the SJG's are damn good cookers for what they are and nice and portable too.

Food looks good by the way Freddy.
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bought a wsj gold to make a mini wsm & have been grilling on it every day for a week or so; i absolutely love how this little grill works out (compared to my weber genesis gasser).

i honestly cant see myself going to the gasser for a cook anytime soon












I agree, the kettles rock! Curious though... For quick weeknight cooks, are you saying that you like the kettle enough to still neglect the Genesis?? To me, the Genesis is one heck of a grill!! Just wondering if in your opinion, the kettle is superior to the Genesis?? Reason I'm asking is because I've been considering selling my beloved Genesis ep-330 for a 26.75" kettle. Just don't want to regret my decision ;)
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I agree, the kettles rock! Curious though... For quick weeknight cooks, are you saying that you like the kettle enough to still neglect the Genesis?? To me, the Genesis is one heck of a grill!! Just wondering if in your opinion, the kettle is superior to the Genesis?? Reason I'm asking is because I've been considering selling my beloved Genesis ep-330 for a 26.75" kettle. Just don't want to regret my decision ;)
Yes, the genesis is an awesome grill and I've used it several times a week the past 10 years for everything from burgers and dogs to full turkeys.

And yes, maybe I'm crazy but I'm finding my cooks in the wsj to come out better, juicier & my wife and kids say the same. So far, I've only done quick weeknight cooks on it and its not much different from waiting for the gasser to come up to temp.... Small price to pay for great cooks!
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No you're right its tricky learning how to control the fire on the sjg and smokey joe platinum. It's most likely not your charcoal. Here's what has been working for me in the sjp which is just a little bigger version of the sjg which you have. I bank the coals to the vent side and leave the vent fully open as well as the other vent completely open. This seems to keep the coals burning without dying out. Hope this helps and enjoy your weber.
Thanks Al I'm going to try this on my next cook!
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Due to the side vents the SJG doesn't have as good of air flow as the SJS and other Weber models. It still has the ability to make some great food, but don't plan on getting high searing temps from it. A couple of years ago I was on a job for six weeks living in a Holiday Inn Express that didn't have a grill available. A buddy of mine and I lived off my SJG the entire time. It took a little doing to manage the small grill space but there is plenty of room if you don't try to get too fancy. We only had one evening meal the entire time in a resturant. All the others were done on the SJG that I brought.

Turning it into a mini WSM was the best move I ever made because it was getting pretty limited use until then. Now I use my mini WSM more than his big brother.

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Great info Bennie, I'm surely going to make an WSM. I've seen yours out there on the web before, it rocks!
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Default Problem solved!

So I cruised around the web and found a fix from a gent named Alan. And here is my SJG using Alan's mod. You use foil to direct airflow under your coals.....Rick solid temps with the lid on:

930 this am



1130 this am

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In the photo of Alan's mod, are the coals banked over the bottom vent? Or is the bottom vent below the foil? Hard to tell from the pic. Glad to see it's working for you, brother!
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