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Unread 04-17-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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WGA is just a diff cooker, not better or worse. Depends what u want to cook and how much. SJ is a great cooker for a couple people. Can make a great meal for 3-4. You can also turn it into a Mini WSM if u want to smoke. WGA would be better for indirect. IMHO
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Yeah, it'd be a tossup. If you think you'd be interested in making a mini wsm some day, get the sj. If not, get the WGA.

Heck, I've even made some good stuff using just a grate over two small logs with fire coals in between.
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I would suggest the Jumbo Joe as it is a 18.5in grate. Much more cooking area but same portability as the regular smokey joe.
I agree more cook space than a WGA as well.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #19
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A WGA is going to be way too small for cooking for 3.
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I have a SJG and a SJP, and do a lot of camping. Which one I take depends on how much food I have to cook at one time.

One other nice thing about a SJG is that you can make a portable mini WSM -- something I also take camping most of the time.

As for the SJS, it doesn't travel as well as a gold, and doesn't make as good of a mini WSM.

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I have a 2007 18 inch grate Jumbo Joe (AKA Smokey Joe Platinum) It is set up like a current smokey joe gold because it has side vents and a lid bail. I set up a homemade "hovergrill" by taking a 14 inch smokey joe grate and creating legs with carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. This gives me two levels for indirect cooking. When I camp/travel I have cooked pork shoulder, chuckies,meatloaf, abt's, moink balls, whole chickens, chicken thighs, chicken wings, and turkey breast. I have direct grilled items like steaks, burgers, salmon, shrimp, brats, etc.

My family loves the vacation food I produce and we very seldom go out because of it. With a little planning a lot of food can be cooked on an 18 1/2 inch kettle. Long story short, I suggest trying the current version of the Jumbo Joe. It is a little different than mine as it has a shorter bowl and a bottom vent. I would figure out a hover grill and get some charcoal rails for indirect cooking and then get crazy with it! I like the hovergrill concept because I can do two full family packs of wings or thighs and just rotate the top grate chicken with the bottom halfway through cooking. I can then feed a pretty good crowd in a camping/tailgating situation.
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Thanks for all the help! I think I'm going to go with the JJ...
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I have a 2007 18 inch grate Jumbo Joe (AKA Smokey Joe Platinum) It is set up like a current smokey joe gold because it has side vents and a lid bail. I set up a homemade "hovergrill" by taking a 14 inch smokey joe grate and creating legs with carriage bolts, washers, and nuts.
You got any pictures of this "hovergrill" contraption you speak of?

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Any of these would probably work, but I will tell you what I would do. I would get a SJ and build a mini WSM and take that with me. From personal experience, I spent 6 weeks on a job a number of years back and a co-worker and I lived off a SJ Gold the entire time. We only ate one dinner meal the entire time that did not come off that little grill. That was even before I built the mini WSM from it. Having a smoker available on top of the grill adds a whole new dimension. The advantage of the SJ Gold is that it can be totally closed with all the dirt locked inside. The downside is that generally speaking it won't get as hot as some of the other options.
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How practical is it to try to make a smoker from the JJ? Too big to find a pot?
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You got any pictures of this "hovergrill" contraption you speak of?

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This is the commercial version. For DIY just attach 4 bolts to an approriately sized grate and create the height you want.
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This is the commercial version. For DIY just attach 4 bolts to an approriately sized grate and create the height you want.
Gotcha, for some reason my mind couldn't visualize what you were describing.
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My vote:
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Thanks for all the help! I think I'm going to go with the JJ...
As a fan of the WGA myself, I think you have probably made a good decision to go with the Jumbo Joe. I don't have one of those but I'm possibly thinking about trying to sneak one in here sometime soon. I think it's portability might make it the perfect carry-along grill for such occasions as yours.
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