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Lidl Kamado vs Kamado Joe Jr


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Hi all,

 

First time poster here! 

 

I'm in the market to buy a Kamado and I've unfortunately missed the boat at Lidl. I've got a Joe JR on order from Amazon for £345 or I can buy an inflated Lidl one on eBay for £150. 

 

Being honest, is there much difference between the two - for a beginner at least?

 

Cheers!

 

J

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Hi and :welcome:.

In the grand scheme of things no. There's not much difference. Though the Joe Jr will probably have a better warranty and more accessories. 

If you missed the Lidl one Aldi are going to have there own mini Kamado online 6th June and instore 10th June.  

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2 minutes ago, hoogl said:

Hi and :welcome:.

In the grand scheme of things no. There's not much difference. Though the Joe Jr will probably have a better warranty and more accessories. 

If you missed the Lidl one Aldi are going to have there own mini Kamado online 6th June and instore 10th June.  

Sadly, my local Aldi doesn't even have a 'middle-aisle' (central London) and I've never had much luck online going for the special buys! 

Good to know though, re: the Joe Jr and the Lidl version.

Thanks!

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I believe the Joe Jr is 13" grate size where as the Lidl Kamado is 11". It's not much but it does make a difference in cooking capacity. In theory the Joe Jr should be better build quality. I only own the Lidl Kamado and can't complain. It's sturdy enough does a great job. 

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I'd say if you are going to spend £350ish you might be better looking at a Kettle or Bullet smoker. Both have their pros and cons but both will do a great job. I have the 57cm/22" WSM and I love it. I can take the mid section off and use as a more direct cook like a kettle but it is a bit of a hassle. The ProQ models do that but make it easier. 

 

 

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Thanks! With no Lidl ones around me and most on eBay for £150+, I've actually opted for the Kamado Jr. I ended up getting it for £310. By the time I factor in the heat deflector plate and tongs etc, I was looking closer to £200 for the Lidl one and a risk that it would be damaged in transit via an eBay courier. Also figured if I decided to get a smoker instead, the Joe Jr will definitely hold its value :) Still nervous I've made the wrong decision but we'll see!

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