Which BBQ is Best for You?
Pellets are Less Refined
The wood that is in pellets has not been through the charcoal process that removes a lot of the unwanted and unpleasant compounds. More of these compounds are present in the additional flames and gasses of burning wood (and pellets). That's part of the reason that most cooking with wood is done when the flames of the fire die down and the clean, steady radiant heat of charcoal can be utilized.
Charcoal is Really Amazing!
Most people take charcoal for granted.
They don't realize why it is so excellent for cooking or all that has happened to the wood in the charcoal making process. While it looks dark and dirty, all of the really nasty, tars and carcinogenic compounds in the wood have been burned off when it is made. 75% of the wood's original mass is burned off. The remaining charcoal is mostly carbon that burns clean, hot and steady without much of any flame or smoke. It is similar to the activated charcoal that is used to filter and purify water.
Wood chips or chunks may be added to get the right amount of smoke in the early stages of cooking.
Requires connection to electricity.
No electricity or gas needed.
More Service Problems
With two motors for auger & Fan, glow plug, electric control panel, etc.
No electric or motorized parts.
Totally silent operation.
A Lot of Heat Driven Off and Lost
Most pellet grills have thin sheet metal walls that don't hold the heat in well. They also have a blower that is forcing a large volume of air through the grill which has a cooling effect.
Saffire is Well Insulated and Efficient
With two layers of 1" thick ceramic walls in the firebox and a gasket seal! This means minimal fire and very minimal air is needed to keep the grill hot.
Forced Air Dries Out the Food a Lot More
At 10 to 20 times the airflow of Saffire!
Tiny Airflow Preserves Moisture
At only 1/10 to 1/20 of the airflow the moisture and volume of food is preserved especially during roasting and smoking.
More Fuel is Required & Burned
Forcing a lot of air into the grill has a cooling effect even though it is fanning the fire. It is also forcing the hot air out of the grill much faster. This requires more fuel to be burned to make up for the cooling effect and the heat that is blown out.
High Efficiency Requires Little Charcoal Use
With a tiny airflow the Saffire is not being cooled down and the heat is not being forced out. This means much less fuel is needed to keep the grill hot through the entire cooking process.
Extremely Inefficient in Freezing Weather
In colder temperatures the forced air makes the cooling effect and pellet consumption much worse.
Ceramic Walls Insulate for Year-Round Cooking
The multiple, thick ceramic walls and minute airflow preserve the heat in the grill.
There will be flare-ups with forced air and temperatures over 350 degrees.
Low, Minimal Airflow Eliminates Flare-Ups
while grill holds high temperatures to finish cooking.
Much Less Searing Power, if Any!
Mostly configured for roasting and smoking it cannot produce the high temperatures of charcoal for real searing.
Serious Searing up to 1,000 Degrees!
With the grid in the low position and the thermometer at 600 degrees F. the temperature at the grid is 1,000 degrees! That's searing!
Limited Searing and Rebound after Opening
A pellet grill has a small burn chamber with a small amount of pellets burning at any given time. It must warm up all the steel in the grill in order to cook well, especially while trying to sear.
If a pellet grill is opened for very long the metal cools down and takes more time for the small burn pot to get all the grill back to temperature.
Full Size Searing and Quick Rebound
There is a lot of stored heating power of a big bed of burning hot Charcoal to quickly return your grill to temperature after opening it. With charcoal temperatures over 1,700 degrees it radiates a tremendous amount of infrared heat to perfectly sear your meat! Especially with Saffire's unique, new, patent pending "Crucible" Firebox.
Wood Fired Pizza Oven? — Not So Much
Lower temperatures and sheet metal construction cannot produce the radiant high temperature environment like a wood-fired pizza oven.
The wood fire, Ceramic Dome and high temperatures of up to 600° & 700°+ allow you to produce true wood-fired Pizza oven performance, flavor and texture.
More Area Prone to Rust
Most pellet grills have painted/powder coated sheet metal surfaces with little warranty.
Super-Tough, Durable Finish
High-temperature, fired-on ceramic glaze finish.
With Lifetime Warranty!
Stainless Steel versions rare and expensive.
Ultimate Durability — Half the Price!
Saffire Platinum models have all 304 stainless steel hardware with Lifetime Warranty available at prices over 50% less than pellet grills of similar materials!
Pellets disintrigrate in moisture.
Charcoal remains intact.
Does Not Operate in a Power Outage
without backup system or generator.
Unaffected by Power Outages
The most efficient, versatile, alternative-fuel cooking option in a power outage. Or any time!
Pellets Produce Carbon Monoxide in Storage
Deaths have occurred with sealed storerooms of bulk pellets. Danger is greatly reduced if smaller quantities are stored in ventilated areas.
Most of the noxious, gas-producing elements are removed during the production of charcoal.
How Does a Saffire Kamado Compare to a Pellet Grill?
The comparison chart above details these observations:
- Charcoal is more refined than wood pellets and produces a clean burn and a much larger source of heat than a pellet grill for much higher temperature grilling, searing and pizza cooking.
- The Saffire ceramic kamado, with thick ceramic walls, provides much greater efficiency for far less air-flow and fuel usage than a pellet grill.
- The much higher flow of air being forced into a pellet grill has a cooling effect. It is also forcing the already warm air out of the grill at the same high rate. This loss of heat must be overcome with more fuel usage.
- The Saffire kamado requires less service than a pellet grill as there is no electricity required and no control panel, augers or fans needed in a kamado. The Saffire is unaffected by power outages.
- The Saffire may also be equipped with a thermostat temperature control using a WiFi connection to allow remote access and control from a mobile device.
Saffire - Uncomplicated, Versatile, Efficient & Unplugged - Grill - Smoke - Bake