Which BBQ is Best for You?

Pellet Grill


Pellets are Less Refined

The wood that is in pellets has not been through the charcoal process that removes a whole lot of 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.

A pellet grill produces much more flame along with more gasses and byproducts of burning wood during the entire cooking process.

Saffire Ceramic Charcoal Grill

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.

Now wood chips or chunks are 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, auger, glow plug, electric control panel, etc.

No electric or motorized parts.
Produces noise.
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

Up to 10 times the airflow of Saffire!

Tiny Airflow Preserves Moisture

At only 1/6 to 1/10 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 all the cooling and the heat that is blown out.

High Efficiency Requires Less 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.

You Can't Stop Flare-Ups

There will be flare-ups with forced air and temperatures over 350 degrees.

Low, Minimal Airflow Eliminates Flare-Ups

while the grill holds high temperatures to finish cooking.

Much Less Searing Power, if Any!

Mostly configured for roasting and smoking. 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 Area, if Any

Dedicated "Searing areas", over the fire, are usually very small and engulfed in flames.

Lots of flame directly on fat produces carcinogens.

Full-Size Searing Area

Entire Cooking Grid is exposed to a large charcoal area of direct, intense, radiant, searing heat without flame. 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 high temperature environment like a wood-fired pizza oven.

Pizza Perfect!

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.

Hot to the Touch and Prone to Rust

Most pellet grills have painted/powder coated sheet metal surfaces

Super-Tough, Durable Finish

High-temperature, fired-on ceramic glaze finish.

With Lifetime Warranty!

Stainless Steel versions rare and expensive.
Ultimate Durability — Amazing Low 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

Unless you have a backup system or generator.

Unaffected by Power Outages

The most efficient, versatile, alternative-fuel cooking option to use in a power outage. Or any time!

Grill — Smoke — Bake!

Pellets Produce Carbon Monoxide in Storage

Deaths have occurred in sealed storerooms of bulk pellets. Danger is greatly reduced if smaller quantities are stored in well ventilated area.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Saffire ceramic kamado, with thick ceramic walls, provides much greater inherent efficiency for far less air-flow and fuel usage than a pellet grill.
  3. 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.
  4. The Saffire kamado requires less service than a pellet grill as there is no electricity required and no control panel, augurs or fans needed in a kamado. The Saffire is unaffected by power outages.
  5. 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.
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