Right now, you’re trying to decide between purchasing a Kamado Joe Classic II or Kamado Joe Classic III. Or maybe you’re looking at the Big Joe models; trying to figure out what makes the third generation that much better or different from the second-generation models.

The easiest place to start when comparing the two is with the features of the Classic Joe II and Big Joe II. The second-generation grills come standard with: Divide & Conquer Flexible Cooking System, Air Lift Hinge, Kontrol Tower Top Vent, AMP Firebox, Stainless Steel Latch, Wire Mesh Fiberglass Gasket, Patented Slide-Out Ash Drawer, Built-In Thermometer, Finished Folding HDPE Side Shelves/Handle, Grill Gripper and Ash Tool.

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The Classic III and Big Joe III models have ALL these features listed above and more!

The biggest upgrade starts with the invention of the SloRoller. The SloRoller is a hyperbolic smoke chamber that uses Harvard science to optimize smoke flavor. It helps distribute smoke and heat in rolling circulating waves, it surrounds food in clouds of delicious smoke flavor while helping distribute heat evenly so all food cooks at the same pace. It helps reduce hot spots too.

The Divide & Conquer system goes one step further and features a 3-tier system for expanded cooking space. The grill does not come with racks for three levels but is made to accommodate should you need to add more based on your cooking needs.

In place of a charcoal grate at the bottom of the firebox is a charcoal basket. This is one of the most popular add-on accessories our client’s get for their Kamado Joe grills. It allows for improved airflow which helps the grill get up to temperature faster but it also makes ash cleanup easy. The basket locks into the flexible cooking system grid.

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The cart base got a major upgrade in design. It’s a heavy-duty galvanized steel and features a bottom rack to store items when not in use.

The side shelves also got an upgrade in materials. Rather than a HDPE plastic coated shelf, these are a powder-coated aluminum which is stronger and won’t melt if you put something hot on them.

The new premium cart and 3-tier Divide and Conquer system will not fit second generation models. However, if you haven’t bought your grill yet, you would spend more in the long run to make a second generation model similar to a third generation rather than just buying a third generation grill from the get go.

Those are the big differences in features. If you have questions, please give us a call at 813.962.1700, email us or come visit us!

You can also watch this short 2-miunte video that will explain the differences between the models.