Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

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alex_m_84
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Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by alex_m_84 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:01 pm

Hi everyone,
Just getting into barbequing after buying a Ziggy triple grill a month ago.
I've been looking on here at rubs and other info and stumbled across the kettle BBQ section and the "Low and Slow" cooking method using charcoal and heat beads.

I want to give this a crack and was looking at cheap kettles.

Are the cheap jumbucks at bunnings any good to start with or will they just frustrate me trying to maintain temp?
If they are no good, what is the next step up? I see Masters have the Weber Compact Kettle BBQ Charcoal 57cm for $215 and the one touch silver for $329.
What are the differences stepping up to these?

At first I though they're all the same, but the difference in price tells me there must be a benefit to spending more?


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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by Groovy Gorilla » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:14 pm

My second weber was from a second hand store $60 or $80 it was a while ago and I cant totally remember.
Check out ebay or gum tree

If you live near brizzy heres a cheap one
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/bardon/b ... 1098391974
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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by alex_m_84 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:21 pm

I'm over in Bunbury WA.
I'd be better off with a second hand weber than a new cheapy then hey?

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Post by Mixin » Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:58 am

Definitely start off with a 2nd hand one. I had about 4 second hand ones before I bought a new one (which is my "special" one) and I've since bought several more.
I tend to leave 1 or 2 at key relative's houses, as they keep asking me to BBQ, and pulling down & transporting kettles was getting tiresome. It's also a good way to spread the "collection" out :D :D :evil:
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Post by Mixin » Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:01 am

Also - avoid the compact kettle. It's really only good for direct grilling, as there's not enough depth like the real kettle.

There's a deluge of compacts on ebay all the time, so don't get caught out.

The photos people take often don't show the compact's side profile (or bolt-on legs) so I find the easiest way to tell is the cooking grille is almost at the top on a compact, not a couple of inches down the bowl like the normal kettle.
Weber Kettle Fanatic....
Main go-to: Blue 57cm OTG
Fire restriction option: Black 57cm M/T butchered with a Weber gas conversion.
GMG DC for the lazy smoky cooks.
Weeknight special: Q200
Problem? What problem?

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Post by gnol » Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:29 pm

Mixin wrote:Also - avoid the compact kettle. It's really only good for direct grilling, as there's not enough depth like the real kettle.

There's a deluge of compacts on ebay all the time, so don't get caught out.

The photos people take often don't show the compact's side profile (or bolt-on legs) so I find the easiest way to tell is the cooking grille is almost at the top on a compact, not a couple of inches down the bowl like the normal kettle.
Disagree Mixin, 8)
If you can get a compact even cheaper they are quite capable of cooking low and slow.


http://www.aussiebbq.info/forum/viewtop ... er+compact

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Post by Mixin » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:35 pm

Not enough height for the Xmas turkey or 2 standing chooks though.
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Main go-to: Blue 57cm OTG
Fire restriction option: Black 57cm M/T butchered with a Weber gas conversion.
GMG DC for the lazy smoky cooks.
Weeknight special: Q200
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Post by gnol » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:56 am

Good point Mixin.
But I reckon you could do 2 chooks side by side.

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Post by Bill44 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:34 pm

gnol wrote:
Mixin wrote:Also - avoid the compact kettle. It's really only good for direct grilling, as there's not enough depth like the real kettle.

There's a deluge of compacts on ebay all the time, so don't get caught out.

The photos people take often don't show the compact's side profile (or bolt-on legs) so I find the easiest way to tell is the cooking grille is almost at the top on a compact, not a couple of inches down the bowl like the normal kettle.
Disagree Mixin, 8)
If you can get a compact even cheaper they are quite capable of cooking low and slow.


http://www.aussiebbq.info/forum/viewtop ... er+compact
I agree, I've had one for 24 years and still use it when there's too much for the full sized one. Many a chook or Xmas pork has been done on that little pet.
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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by alex_m_84 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:39 pm

Thanks for all the replies.
I'll keep an eye out for a cheap second hand one.

I'll try to get the 57cm weber

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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by alex_m_84 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:43 pm

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/capel/ot ... 1097877823
Is this a good buy or should i try to get it for less?

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Post by yakabot » Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:35 pm

If it really is brand new, looks like a good buy to me.

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Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by Muppet » Sat Dec 19, 2015 7:16 pm

Great deal, I'd grab it. In fact if your not interested say and I'll drive there tomorrow :)
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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by Mixin » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:15 pm

alex_m_84 wrote:http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/capel/ot ... 1097877823
Is this a good buy or should i try to get it for less?
That's a ripper deal. It says used but like new, and I don't doubt it from the condition.
Weber Kettle Fanatic....
Main go-to: Blue 57cm OTG
Fire restriction option: Black 57cm M/T butchered with a Weber gas conversion.
GMG DC for the lazy smoky cooks.
Weeknight special: Q200
Problem? What problem?

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Re: Cheap Kettles any good to start with?

Post by alex_m_84 » Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:22 pm

Bugger, it's getting picked up today. I've got first dibs if the sale falls through so fingers crossed no one turns up :)


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