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4 Best Meat Thermometer Australia: Recommended by BBQ Experts

Top 4 Best Meat Thermometer in Australia


In this quick walkthrough, we will be highlighting the best BBQ meat thermometers available in Australia.

Struggling to cook your steak to the perfect doneness?

If you're struggling to consistently cook your steak to the perfect doneness that you desire, then getting a meat thermometer can help you remove all the guesswork in grilling a steak.

Plus it ensures your food is safe to eat.

BBQ meat grilling with tongs

In this quick walkthrough, we will be highlighting the best BBQ meat thermometers available in Australia, and breaking them down according to your needs so that you can spend less time choosing and more time grilling!

Best practices in using meat thermometers.

If you've never used BBQ meat thermometers before, you can think of them as like using any other kinds of cooking thermometers out there.

However, it's good to know some of these tips before your meat thermometer purchase - assuming you're not a BBQ world champion chef.

washing dish with running water

Looking at the stainless steel temperature probe of the thermometers might make you think otherwise, but most of them are not fully water-resistant.

Be careful not to submerge the whole thermometer in the water, unless stated you can do so otherwise.

Most temperature probes are not fully water-resistant.

This is because most meat thermometers have cables that connect the probes and the device itself.

Even though the cables seem to have a metallic shine to them, water can still seep through the gaps between the connection with the probe.

So when you're washing the meat thermometers, make sure to wipe just the probes, and not throw the whole thing in the dishwasher.

calibrating food thermometer with chocolate mixture

Know the target temperature range to achieve your desired doneness.

It's best to know what your target temperature is before sticking the meat probes in the steak and then Googling up what the internal temperature should be to get your medium-rare steak.

It's always better to do a bit of your homework beforehand.

Calibrate your thermometer.

To ensure accurate temperature reading when grilling the steak, make sure to calibrate the meat thermometer.

A simple way to do it is by using boiling water since we know water boils at 100°C - we learned that in science class.

Stick the probe in and it should read anywhere close to that.

It's also best to maintain your meat thermometers by calibrating them periodically to ensure an accurate reading.

So you've now learned the best practices, let's get on with the meat thermometer walkthrough!

Best if you're on a budget:

Man Law Dial Instant Read Meat Thermometer

man law instand read thermometer

Does $12 sound "budget" enough?

It's cheap, and it sure does get the job done.

This little instant-read thermometer makes sure that everything from your steak to your chicken is cooked perfectly.

It has a glow-in-the-dark dial and large, easy-to-read numbers, something not many instant-read thermometers in this price range have.

It is also fully waterproof with its stainless steel finish.

Because of these features and for the price, it is one of the best cooking thermometers out there especially if you're on a tight budget and want to spend the money on something else.

stock photo of the Traeger Rub

Such as spending the money on Traeger's Rubs, yummy.

Best Value:

Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer

Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer

If you have a little more to spend than $12, the Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer is a great buy.

It has an IPX5 Waterproof Rating meaning it is fully waterproof and can be washed under running water.

Not only can you use it to measure the temperature of the meat you're cooking, but you can also use it for the other side dish you have on the other grill.

Measuring Inkbird's reading time in liquid

It has a reading time of around 3-5 seconds, which is alright compared to other digital instant-read thermometers.

Other than that, this digital thermometer also comes with a rechargeable 250mAH lithium battery that can last up to 10hrs with the backlight on or up to 30hrs with the backlight off.

One unique feature that this digital probe thermometer has is that it is magnetized, allowing you to place it on a metallic surface.

All in all, this is one of the best meat thermometers in terms of value and affordability.

Best for Professionals:

Inkbird 6 Probe Digital Meat Thermometer

Inkbird 6 Probe Digital Meat Thermometer

If you're more of a BBQ veteran that likes to cook multiple pieces of steaks at once while still having absolute control, then this multi probed BBQ meat thermometer by Inkbird will be your best friend.

There are two models available, one that can connect up to four probes and one with six probes in a single device.

The highlight of these digital meat thermometers is that they have Bluetooth connectivity that connects to a free app on your smartphone.

Through this Bluetooth thermometer and the app on the smartphone, you can set up custom temperature alarms that go off when the temperature goes over the limit you've set and displays the temperature readings of all the probes installed, allowing you to have a more hands-off cooking process.

These multi-probe thermometers allow you to monitor the ambient temperature inside the smoker with one probe, while also monitoring the internal temperature of a bunch of steaks at once with the additional probes, making sure you have no undercooked meat.

It's worth getting.

Costing $89, this BBQ meat thermometer is a tad pricier than the single probed one also by Inkbird, but it's worth getting the extra probes especially when you have a bunch of meat inside the smoker to monitor.

It's one of the best meat thermometers available for multi meat grilling sessions.

Overall, best for multi steak cooking sessions.

Best for the extra functionality:

Inkbird Smoker Meat Thermometer

Inkbird Smoker Meat Thermometer

Now, if you want to go above and beyond just the average cooking thermometer, you might fancy the Smoker Meat Bluetooth Thermometer yet again by Inkbird.

It also features multiple probes and allows you to monitor the temperature of the meat through the Inkbird app on the smartphone.

Of all the useful features this cooking thermometer has, the highlight would have to be the added functionality of a smoker fan blowing through a blast pipe into your smoker or kamado.

The variable speed fan allows charcoal grilling to be a set-and-forget experience.

You can adjust the current temperature of the smoker itself by setting the right temperature range for it to maintain and it will do it all for you - all through simple taps on your smartphone.

One thing that might put you off though, is the $289 price tag.

Thus we recommend you purchase this only if you have a smoker or kamado laying around your backyard outdoor kitchen.

Inkbird Thermometer Smoker Blast Pipe

BONUS - Best if you're also looking for a smoker:

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24

Camp chef Woodwind 24

If you're here and you still haven't got a smoker in your outdoor kitchen, might we suggest getting the Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi 24 smoker.

It's equipped with a built-in leave-in meat thermometer probe that connects directly to their updated PID Controller, meaning you could control the desired cooking time and temperature and cook the meat right from the controller or with Camp Chef's app on your smartphone.

We've created an in-depth review of the Camp Chef Woodwind which you can read here.

If you're looking for a nice BBQ rub on your steak...

You've finally reached the end of the "Best Thermometer in Australia" walkthrough.

After deciding on what kitchen thermometers to get, it's time to get some nice BBQ rubs for your steak.

Smokey Joe's Smokin' Hot Barbecue Rub Pack

100% natural, gluten and MSG free, with no fillers, preservatives, additives, or anti-caking agents, 100% Australian Made.

Inside, you've got four unique flavours: the smoky and tangy Chipotle & Lime, the mexican style Poco Loco, the slightly spicy, sweet & tangy Smokey Joe Jerk Seasoning & the back-bitingly spicy Firecracker rub.

All natural and naturally good..

If you have questions regarding anything BBQ-related, feel free to visit the friendly team at Tucker Barbecues or email sales@tuckerbbq.com.au / call 02 9748 8368.

We're always happy to help.

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Top 4 Best Meat Thermometer in Australia


In this quick walkthrough, we will be highlighting the best BBQ meat thermometers available in Australia.

Struggling to cook your steak to the perfect doneness?

If you're struggling to consistently cook your steak to the perfect doneness that you desire, then getting a meat thermometer can help you remove all the guesswork in grilling a steak.

Plus it ensures your food is safe to eat.

In this quick walkthrough, we will be highlighting the best BBQ meat thermometers available in Australia, and breaking them down according to your needs so that you can spend less time choosing and more time grilling!

BBQ meat grilling with tongs

Best practices in using meat thermometers.

If you've never used BBQ meat thermometers before, you can think of them as like using any other kinds of cooking thermometers out there.

However, it's good to know some of these tips before your meat thermometer purchase - assuming you're not a BBQ world champion chef.

Most temperature probes are not fully water-resistant.

Looking at the stainless steel temperature probe of the thermometers might make you think otherwise, but most of them are not fully water-resistant.

Be careful not to submerge the whole thermometer in the water, unless stated you can do so otherwise.

This is because most meat thermometers have cables that connect the probes and the device itself.

Even though the cables seem to have a metallic shine to them, water can still seep through the gaps between the connection with the probe.

So when you're washing the meat thermometers, make sure to wipe just the probes, and not throw the whole thing in the dishwasher.

washing dish with running water

Know the target temperature range to achieve your desired doneness.

It's best to know what your target temperature is before sticking the meat probes in the steak and then Googling up what the internal temperature should be to get your medium-rare steak.

It's always better to do a bit of your homework beforehand.

Calibrate your thermometer.

To ensure accurate temperature reading when grilling the steak, make sure to calibrate the meat thermometer.

A simple way to do it is by using boiling water since we know water boils at 100°C - we learned that in science class.

Stick the probe in and it should read anywhere close to that.

It's also best to maintain your meat thermometers by calibrating them periodically to ensure an accurate reading.

So you've now learned the best practices, let's get on with the meat thermometer walkthrough!

calibrating food thermometer with chocolate mixture

Best if you're on a budget:

Man Law Dial Instant Read Meat Thermometer

Does $12 sound "budget" enough?

It's cheap, and it sure does get the job done.

This little instant-read thermometer makes sure that everything from your steak to your chicken is cooked perfectly.

It has a glow-in-the-dark dial and large, easy-to-read numbers, something not many instant-read thermometers in this price range have.

It is also fully waterproof with its stainless steel finish.

Because of these features and for the price, it is one of the best cooking thermometers out there especially if you're on a tight budget and want to spend the money on something else.

stock photo of the Traeger Rub

Such as spending the money on Traeger's Rubs, yummy.

man law instand read thermometer

Best Value:

Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer

If you have a little more to spend than $12, the Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer is a great buy.

It has an IPX5 Waterproof Rating meaning it is fully waterproof and can be washed under running water.

Not only can you use it to measure the temperature of the meat you're cooking, but you can also use it for the other side dish you have on the other grill.

It has a reading time of around 3-5 seconds, which is alright compared to other digital instant-read thermometers.

Other than that, this digital thermometer also comes with a rechargeable 250mAH lithium battery that can last up to 10hrs with the backlight on or up to 30hrs with the backlight off.

One unique feature that this digital probe thermometer has is that it is magnetized, allowing you to place it on a metallic surface.

All in all, this is one of the best meat thermometers in terms of value and affordability.

Inkbird Grill Single Digital Meat Thermometer
Measuring Inkbird's reading time in liquid

Best for Professionals:

Inkbird 6 Probe Digital Meat Thermometer

If you're more of a BBQ veteran that likes to cook multiple pieces of steaks at once while still having absolute control, then this multi probed BBQ meat thermometer by Inkbird will be your best friend.

There are two models available, one that can connect up to four probes and one with six probes in a single device.

The highlight of these digital meat thermometers is that they have Bluetooth connectivity that connects to a free app on your smartphone.

Through this Bluetooth thermometer and the app on the smartphone, you can set up custom temperature alarms that go off when the temperature goes over the limit you've set and displays the temperature readings of all the probes installed, allowing you to have a more hands-off cooking process.

These multi-probe thermometers allow you to monitor the ambient temperature inside the smoker with one probe, while also monitoring the internal temperature of a bunch of steaks at once with the additional probes, making sure you have no undercooked meat.

It's worth getting.

Costing $89, this BBQ meat thermometer is a tad pricier than the single probed one also by Inkbird, but it's worth getting the extra probes especially when you have a bunch of meat inside the smoker to monitor.

It's one of the best meat thermometers available for multi meat grilling sessions.

Overall, best for multi steak cooking sessions.

Inkbird 6 Probe Digital Meat Thermometer

Best for the extra functionality:

Inkbird Smoker Meat Thermometer

Now, if you want to go above and beyond just the average cooking thermometer, you might fancy the Smoker Meat Bluetooth Thermometer yet again by Inkbird.

It also features multiple probes and allows you to monitor the temperature of the meat through the Inkbird app on the smartphone.

Of all the useful features this cooking thermometer has, the highlight would have to be the added functionality of a smoker fan blowing through a blast pipe into your smoker or kamado.

The variable speed fan allows charcoal grilling to be a set-and-forget experience.

You can adjust the current temperature of the smoker itself by setting the right temperature range for it to maintain and it will do it all for you - all through simple taps on your smartphone.

One thing that might put you off though, is the $289 price tag.

Thus we recommend you purchase this only if you have a smoker or kamado laying around your backyard outdoor kitchen.

Inkbird Smoker Meat Thermometer
Inkbird Thermometer Smoker Blast Pipe

BONUS - Best if you're also looking for a smoker:

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24

If you're here and you still haven't got a smoker in your outdoor kitchen, might we suggest getting the Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi 24 smoker.

It's equipped with a built-in leave-in meat thermometer probe that connects directly to their updated PID Controller, meaning you could control the desired cooking time and temperature and cook the meat right from the controller or with Camp Chef's app on your smartphone.

We've created an in-depth review of the Camp Chef Woodwind which you can read here.

Camp chef Woodwind 24

If you're looking for a nice BBQ rub on your steak...

You've finally reached the end of the "Best Thermometer in Australia" walkthrough.

After deciding on what kitchen thermometers to get, it's time to get some nice BBQ rubs for your steak.

100% natural, gluten and MSG free, with no fillers, preservatives, additives, or anti-caking agents, 100% Australian Made.

Inside, you've got four unique flavours: the smoky and tangy Chipotle & Lime, the mexican style Poco Loco, the slightly spicy, sweet & tangy Smokey Joe Jerk Seasoning & the back-bitingly spicy Firecracker rub.

All natural and naturally good..

Smokey Joe's Smokin' Hot Barbecue Rub Pack

If you have questions regarding anything BBQ-related, feel free to visit the friendly team at Tucker Barbecues or email sales@tuckerbbq.com.au / call 02 9748 8368.

We're always happy to help.

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Camp Chef Woodwind Review 2022: Is it worth your money?

Camp Chef Woodwind Review 2022:
Is it worth your money?


Find out in this in-depth Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker review!

two people having a bbq grill party

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker is packed with features.

Equipped with a wide arsenal of functions such as WIFI connectivity, an updated PID Controller, robust stainless steel components, the optional attached Sidekick flat griddle, and a variety of optional add-ons, the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker is packed with features and is a great addition to your outdoor cooking equipment collection.

inside Camp Chef Woodwind grill with hood opened up

Starting from a reasonable AU$1,799 price tag, the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker seems like a reasonable choice.

Especially when compared to the current range of comparable competing products from Traeger, Green Mountain Grills, and a lot of other pellet smoker brands out there.

But is it worth your money?

In this in-depth Camp Chef Woodwind review, we will delve deeper into the features of these Camp Chef pellet grills, how they will help you in your quest to smoke great food with minimal effort, the pros and cons, and ultimately help you decide whether you should buy it with your hard-earned money.

Camp Chef Woodwind Overview

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 overview inside Tucker Barbecue HQ

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grills are on the higher end of the spectrum of Camp Chef grills in terms of pricing and quality.

At Tucker's, there are 2 models of the Camp Chef Woodwind available which are the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 and the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 36, with the only differentiating factor being the size (24" and 36").

The Camp Chef Woodwind also features a digital PID Controller, from which you could control the grill temperature to the desired temperature range and more interestingly, the smoke level through the smoke settings.

Woodwind's PID Controller turned off

The PID Controller - used for controlling temperature and smoke level.

This feature-packed grill also has local Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you can control it right from the Camp Chef app (called Camp Chef Connect) on your phone, making it possible for you to prepare your BBQ while you're busy doing other stuff.

On one side of the grill, there is a pellet hopper where you load your pellets in. We'll cover more about this feature later on in this review.

Inside Camp Chef Woodwind's  pellet hopper

Spacious pellet hopper capacity.

On the other side, both of the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker sizes have a detachable side shelf where you can choose to attach the optional sear box attachment or the "Sidekick" attachment which incorporates a gas grill burner and a flat top griddle, perfect for teppanyaki-style BBQ.

(Hint: we recommend getting the "Sidekick" attachment")
Camp Chef Woodwind Side Shelf

The Camp Chef Woodwind comes with a detachable side shelf.

Build Quality

Porcelain coated steel rack inside the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24

These porcelain-coated steel racks do a good job of giving your steak grill marks that you desire.

Robust and made to last. That's our first impression of the Camp Chef pellet grill when we first had a look at it.

Both the different sizes have similar build quality. The body is mostly made from powder-coated steel while the firebox, flue topper, and lid are from stainless steel.

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 exhaust flue

The flue cap is made of stainless steel.

Inside the grill, there's the nickel-plated steel rack on top and a porcelain-coated steel rack on the bottom.

These upper and lower grates are fairly non-stick and rust-resistant, and they do a good job of giving the sear marks you desire on a good piece of steak.

Sturdy and built to last

The legs and the base of the grill are made from thicker steel, giving it the sturdy foundation it needs.

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 grill rubberized wheels

The 2 rubberized wheels give the grill adequate portability around your backyard.

Overall, the Camp Chef Woodwind feels like it will last quite a while and the thickness of the materials used feels just right for the purpose they are intended to be used for.

Ease of Use

Storage shelf underneath Camp Chef Woodwind

Some space underneath the grill can serve as a storage shelf.

One of the strong points of using pellet grills instead of a wood or charcoal grill is that they are convenient.

But even then, most pellet grills don't offer the various features that the Woodwind pellet grill has to improve the ease of use.

With these Camp Chef pellet grills, it gets even easier as you only have to pour pellets into the pellet hopper and have the auger automatically feed it to the firebox, set the temperature on the controller, set the smoke level through the smoke setting, and the grill will do the job for you - all through the PID Controller.

Camp Chef Woodwind pellet hopper chute

The hopper has a well-designed pellet purge function through the pellet chute which you can open by pulling the slider rod to quickly empty the pellet hopper.

The Woodwind grill will automatically feed pellets into the firebox according to the setting that you have set previously on the controller.

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill has ample pellet hopper capacity, meaning you don't need to worry about running out of pellet space anytime soon!

magnetic hopper door latch

The hopper has a magnetic door latch to help secure the pellet hopper.

Easily empty the pellet hopper by pulling the slider rod

This would be greatly useful if you wanted to quickly change the wood pellets, say, from apple blend pellets to fruitwood blend ones, or to quickly remove the pellets for storage.

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill has all the benefits that an equivalent propane grill doesn't have - you get to choose various flavours of pellets for your BBQ!

Camp Chef Apple Hardwood Pellets with white background

Speaking of wood pellets, did you know that Camp Chef's Apple Hardwood Pellets are made of 100% pure virgin hardwood with no additional chemicals or oils added?

Well, anyway.

If you need to leave the grill to do something else, such as doing the laundry or mowing down the lawn, there's a cool grill feature where you can control it from the Camp Chef Connect app on your phone through your local Wi-Fi as the grill has Wi-Fi connectivity.

The app and the grill will alert you once the grill has reached the desired temperature.

Cleaning is made easy with the patented Ash Cleanout System

Woodwind's ash cleanout system slider knob

Simply pull the knob to use the ash cleanout system.

The Woodwind pellet grill has a neat feature that most pellet grills don't have, which is the ash cleanout system.

Woodwind pellet grill burner

The middle burn pot part here is where your pellets go - and turn to ash...

With the ash cleanout system, it allows users to easily clean up the ashes from the pellets by just pulling the sliding rod on the right side of the grill.

Woodwind's detached ash cup

You can attach the ash cup to the bottom of the grill, underneath the burner itself, to collect the burned pellets' ash.

This allows the ash to fall to the removable cup underneath and hence saving you a lot of time!

Oil bucket on Woodwind's oil chute

On the right side of the grill, there is a chute for excess oil and debris which you can easily collect by placing the bucket on it.

Cooking Space

Nickel plated steel rack inside Camp Chef Woodwind

The versatile upper rack system gives the user ample flexibility in managing the space in the cooking chamber.

As previously mentioned, you can choose from the 2 available sizes: 24" with 800 square inches of cooking space and 36" with 1,236 square inches of cooking surface area.

Most people go for the 36" one as they require the additional cooking surface area to grill their BBQs, but that would also depend on the space you have available to place the grill itself.

Inside Camp Chef Woodwind with lower rack removed

You could also remove half or the whole top rack if you require additional vertical space.

These Camp Chef pellet grills have a more cubic design where the inside space is split over two racks, giving that extra cooking surface area for you to place more stuff.

Grilling and Smoking Performance

Grilling has never been this easy.

The grilling performance of the Camp Chef Woodwind grills does not disappoint.

Grilling pork chops with your favourite rubs has never been easier.

Woodwind's smoke diffusing tray

There's also a smoke diffusing tray over the burner to diffuse the smoke and evenly distribute the heat.

Rather than buying separate meat probes for your steak, the Woodwind grills have a built-in meat thermometer which allows the grill to measure the internal temperature of the meat and adjust the pellets automatically to the desired temperature range.

Woodwind's meat probe

The Camp Chef Woodwind grills have a built-in meat probe that connects directly to the PID Controller system.

Cook steak the way you like it.

With the adjustable burner cover in the cooking chamber, you can change the way you cook your meat through indirect flame mode and direct flame mode by adjusting the slider rod on the left of the grill.

Camp Chef Woodwind's smart smoke technology allows you to control the smoke level inside the cooking chamber through the adjustable smoke settings in the PID Controller.

Camp Chef Woodwind PID Controller turned on

Changing and setting the temperature is easy through the integrated PID Controller.

Sidekick Attachment Review

A great addition to your BBQ toolkit.

Camp Chef Woodwind Sidekick  add-on

The Sidekick is an optional propane burner add-on that you can attach to the right side of the Woodwind pellet smoker and can go up to twice as hot as the pellet grill - up to 600°C!

The Camp Chef WIFI Woodwind pellet grills have a lot to offer and can pack quite the punch, but if you require the extra heat for your BBQ, then we highly suggest you take a look at getting the Sidekick attachment.

Camp Chef Sidekick propane burner

The Sidekick propane burner can pack quite the punch - a great addition to your BBQ toolkit.

This is useful if you need to heat anything that would otherwise be impractical to do in the pellet smoker, such as heating a stockpot, frying things such as eggs and onions, or if you need the extra cooking surface to sear some steaks.

Camp Chef Sidekick drip pan

One neat feature of the Sidekick is that there is a drip pan at the front that collects the excess oil for easy cleaning.

The downside to having the Sidekick, however, is you would have to sacrifice and detach the already included side shelf that you could otherwise use for placing your plates and other utensils.

Camp Chef Woodwind Review Summary

a person open fire grilling with Camp Chef Woodwind

Open fire grilling with the Camp Chef Woodwind wood pellet grill is a breeze - thanks to the PID Controller!

Here are a couple of things we liked about the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grills:

  • Robust build quality that you can depend on.

  • The only pellet grills out there that are packed with lots of well-designed features that not a lot of pellet smokers have.

  • Plenty of cooking space with the versatile upper rack system.

  • Precise cooking by using the include meat probes and setting the temperature with the PID Controller.

  • Able to sear up to high temperatures - higher than the average pellet smokers out there!

  • Beginner-friendly smoking experience by adjusting the smoke setting.

  • Switching from indirect to direct flame cooking is made simple.

  • Easily clear out the ash inside the central fire pot using the ash cleanout system.

  • Ample pellet hopper capacity which you can quickly empty and change pellets using the slider rod.

  • Excess oil collection is made simple with the drip pan design.

  • Overall easy to clean.

Woodwind Sidekick Attachment in Tucker Barbecues HQ

Get the Sidekick attachment - it's worth it!

The Verdict

One of the best pellet smokers out there on the market.

Overall, we feel that the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill series are one of the best pellet smokers out there on the market.

The people at the Camp Chef brand have really thought through the design to make the cooking experience as seamless as possible.

Not only does it excel in making smoking your BBQ a set-and-forget experience, but it is also one heck of a capable grilling machine, not something a lot of pellet grills can do.

The PID Controller with temperature settings

The PID Controller and the convenience that the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill offers is really what highlights this wood pellet grill differently from other pellet grills.

The optional Sidekick propane grill is something that we highly recommend getting to complement the already versatile Woodwind pellet grill.

All in all, if you can get past the price tag, the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI series is a great way to add versatility to your outdoor cooking endeavors for beginners and BBQ veterans alike.

Want free BBQ pellets and more?

If you do decide to get the Woodwind WIFI series, then feel free to call our friendly team at Tucker Barbecues and get free barbecue rubs, pellets, and butcher papers with your purchase!

We hope you enjoyed this Camp Chef Woodwind review.

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Camp Chef Woodwind Review 2022:
Is it worth your money?


Find out in this in-depth Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker review!

two people having a bbq grill party

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker is packed with features.

Starting from a reasonable AU$1,799 price tag, the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker seems like a reasonable choice.

Especially when compared to the current range of comparable competing products from Traeger, Green Mountain Grills, and a lot of other pellet smoker brands out there.

Equipped with a wide arsenal of functions such as WIFI connectivity, an updated PID Controller, robust stainless steel components, the optional attached Sidekick flat griddle, and a variety of optional add-ons, the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker is packed with features and is a great addition to your outdoor cooking equipment collection.

But is it worth your money?
inside Camp Chef Woodwind grill with hood opened up

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker is equipped with a wide arsenal of functions.

In this in-depth Camp Chef Woodwind review, we will delve deeper into the features of these Camp Chef pellet grills, how they will help you in your quest to smoke great food with minimal effort, the pros and cons, and ultimately help you decide whether you should buy it with your hard-earned money.

Camp Chef Woodwind Overview

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 overview inside Tucker Barbecue HQ

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grills are on the higher end of the spectrum of Camp Chef grills in terms of pricing and quality.

At Tucker's, there are 2 models of the Camp Chef Woodwind available which are the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 and the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 36, with the only differentiating factor being the size (24" and 36").

The Camp Chef Woodwind also features a digital PID Controller, from which you could control the grill temperature to the desired temperature range and more interestingly, the smoke level through the smoke settings.

This feature-packed grill also has local Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you can control it right from the Camp Chef app (called Camp Chef Connect) on your phone, making it possible for you to prepare your BBQ while you're busy doing other stuff.

On one side of the grill, there is a pellet hopper where you load your pellets in. We'll cover more about this feature later on in this review.

On the other side, both of the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet smoker sizes have a detachable side shelf where you can choose to attach the optional sear box attachment or the "Sidekick" attachment which incorporates a gas grill burner and a flat top griddle, perfect for teppanyaki-style BBQ.

(Hint: we recommend getting the "Sidekick" attachment")
Woodwind's PID Controller turned off

The PID Controller - used for controlling temperature and smoke level.

Inside Camp Chef Woodwind's  pellet hopper

Spacious pellet hopper capacity.

Camp Chef Woodwind Side Shelf

The Camp Chef Woodwind comes with a detachable side shelf.

Build Quality

Porcelain coated steel rack inside the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24

These porcelain-coated steel racks do a good job of giving your steak grill marks that you desire.

Robust and made to last. That's our first impression of the Camp Chef pellet grill when we first had a look at it.

Both the different sizes have similar build quality. The body is mostly made from powder-coated steel while the firebox, flue topper, and lid are from stainless steel.

Inside the grill, there's the nickel-plated steel rack on top and a porcelain-coated steel rack on the bottom.

These upper and lower grates are fairly non-stick and rust-resistant, and they do a good job of giving the sear marks you desire on a good piece of steak.

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 exhaust flue

The flue cap is made of stainless steel.

Sturdy and built to last

The legs and the base of the grill are made from thicker steel, giving it the sturdy foundation it needs.

Overall, the Camp Chef Woodwind feels like it will last quite a while and the thickness of the materials used feels just right for the purpose they are intended to be used for.

Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI 24 grill rubberized wheels

The 2 rubberized wheels give the grill adequate portability around your backyard.

Ease of Use

Storage shelf underneath Camp Chef Woodwind

Some space underneath the grill can serve as a storage shelf.

One of the strong points of using pellet grills instead of a wood or charcoal grill is that they are convenient.

But even then, most pellet grills don't offer the various features that the Woodwind pellet grill has to improve the ease of use.

With these Camp Chef pellet grills, it gets even easier as you only have to pour pellets into the pellet hopper and have the auger automatically feed it to the firebox, set the temperature on the controller, set the smoke level through the smoke setting, and the grill will do the job for you - all through the PID Controller.

The Woodwind grill will automatically feed pellets into the firebox according to the setting that you have set previously on the controller.

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill has ample pellet hopper capacity, meaning you don't need to worry about running out of pellet space anytime soon!

magnetic hopper door latch

The hopper has a magnetic door latch to help secure the pellet hopper.

Camp Chef Woodwind pellet hopper chute

The hopper has a well-designed pellet purge function through the pellet chute which you can open by pulling the slider rod to quickly empty the pellet hopper.

Easily empty the pellet hopper by pulling the slider rod

This would be greatly useful if you wanted to quickly change the wood pellets, say, from apple blend pellets to fruitwood blend ones, or to quickly remove the pellets for storage.

The Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill has all the benefits that an equivalent propane grill doesn't have - you get to choose various flavours of pellets for your BBQ!

Camp Chef Apple Hardwood Pellets with white background

Speaking of wood pellets, did you know that Camp Chef's Apple Hardwood Pellets are made of 100% pure virgin hardwood with no additional chemicals or oils added?

Well, anyway.

If you need to leave the grill to do something else, such as doing the laundry or mowing down the lawn, there's a cool grill feature where you can control it from the Camp Chef Connect app on your phone through your local Wi-Fi as the grill has Wi-Fi connectivity.

The app and the grill will alert you once the grill has reached the desired temperature.

Cleaning is made easy with the patented Ash Cleanout System

Woodwind's ash cleanout system slider knob

Simply pull the knob to use the ash cleanout system.

The Woodwind pellet grill has a neat feature that most pellet grills don't have, which is the ash cleanout system.

Woodwind pellet grill burner

The middle burn pot part here is where your pellets go - and turn to ash...

With the ash cleanout system, it allows users to easily clean up the ashes from the pellets by just pulling the sliding rod on the right side of the grill.

Woodwind's detached ash cup

You can attach the ash cup to the bottom of the grill, underneath the burner itself, to collect the burned pellets' ash.

This allows the ash to fall to the removable cup underneath and hence saving you a lot of time!

Oil bucket on Woodwind's oil chute

On the right side of the grill, there is a chute for excess oil and debris which you can easily collect by placing the bucket on it.

Cooking Space

Nickel plated steel rack inside Camp Chef Woodwind

The versatile upper rack system gives the user ample flexibility in managing the space in the cooking chamber.

As previously mentioned, you can choose from the 2 available sizes: 24" with 800 square inches of cooking space and 36" with 1,236 square inches of cooking surface area.

Most people go for the 36" one as they require the additional cooking surface area to grill their BBQs, but that would also depend on the space you have available to place the grill itself.

These Camp Chef pellet grills have a more cubic design where the inside space is split over two racks, giving that extra cooking surface area for you to place more stuff.

Inside Camp Chef Woodwind with lower rack removed

You could also remove half or the whole top rack if you require additional vertical space.

Grilling and Smoking Performance

Grilling has never been this easy.

The grilling performance of the Camp Chef Woodwind grills does not disappoint.

Grilling pork chops with your favourite rubs has never been easier.

Rather than buying separate meat probes for your steak, the Woodwind grills have a built-in meat thermometer which allows the grill to measure the internal temperature of the meat and adjust the pellets automatically to the desired temperature range.

Woodwind's meat probe

The Camp Chef Woodwind grills have a built-in meat probe that connects directly to the PID Controller system.

Woodwind's smoke diffusing tray

There's also a smoke diffusing tray over the burner to diffuse the smoke and evenly distribute the heat.

Cook steak the way you like it.

With the adjustable burner cover in the cooking chamber, you can change the way you cook your meat through indirect flame mode and direct flame mode by adjusting the slider rod on the left of the grill.

Camp Chef Woodwind's smart smoke technology allows you to control the smoke level inside the cooking chamber through the adjustable smoke settings in the PID Controller.

Camp Chef Woodwind PID Controller turned on

Changing and setting the temperature is easy through the integrated PID Controller.

Sidekick Attachment Review

Camp Chef Woodwind Sidekick  add-on

The Sidekick is an optional propane burner add-on that you can attach to the right side of the Woodwind pellet smoker and can go up to twice as hot as the pellet grill - up to 600°C!

A great addition to your BBQ toolkit.

The Camp Chef WIFI Woodwind pellet grills have a lot to offer and can pack quite the punch, but if you require the extra heat for your BBQ, then we highly suggest you take a look at getting the Sidekick attachment.

This is useful if you need to heat anything that would otherwise be impractical to do in the pellet smoker, such as heating a stockpot, frying things such as eggs and onions, or if you need the extra cooking surface to sear some steaks.

One downside to having the Sidekick, however, is you would have to sacrifice and detach the already included side shelf that you could otherwise use for placing your plates and other utensils.

Camp Chef Sidekick propane burner

The Sidekick propane burner can pack quite the punch - a great addition to your BBQ toolkit.

Camp Chef Sidekick drip pan

One neat feature of the Sidekick is that there is a drip pan at the front that collects the excess oil for easy cleaning.

Camp Chef Woodwind Review Summary

Here are a couple of things we liked about the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grills:

  • Robust build quality that you can depend on.

  • The only pellet grills out there that are packed with lots of well-designed features that not a lot of pellet smokers have.

  • Plenty of cooking space with the versatile upper rack system.

  • Precise cooking by using the include meat probes and setting the temperature with the PID Controller.

  • Able to sear up to high temperatures - higher than the average pellet smokers out there!

  • Beginner-friendly smoking experience by adjusting the smoke setting.

  • Switching from indirect to direct flame cooking is made simple.

  • Easily clear out the ash inside the central fire pot using the ash cleanout system.

  • Ample pellet hopper capacity which you can quickly empty and change pellets using the slider rod.

  • Excess oil collection is made simple with the drip pan design.

  • Overall easy to clean.

a person open fire grilling with Camp Chef Woodwind

Open fire grilling with the Camp Chef Woodwind wood pellet grill is a breeze - thanks to the PID Controller!

Woodwind Sidekick Attachment in Tucker Barbecues HQ

Get the Sidekick attachment - it's worth it!

The Verdict

One of the best pellet smokers out there on the market.

Overall, we feel that the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill series are one of the best pellet smokers out there on the market.

The people at the Camp Chef brand have really thought through the design to make the cooking experience as seamless as possible.

Not only does it excel in making smoking your BBQ a set-and-forget experience, but it is also one heck of a capable grilling machine, not something a lot of pellet grills can do.

The optional Sidekick propane grill is something that we highly recommend getting to complement the already versatile Woodwind pellet grill.

All in all, if you can get past the price tag, the Camp Chef Woodwind WIFI series is a great way to add versatility to your outdoor cooking endeavors for beginners and BBQ veterans alike.

The PID Controller with temperature settings

The PID Controller and the convenience that the Camp Chef Woodwind pellet grill offers is really what highlights this wood pellet grill differently from other pellet grills.

Want free BBQ pellets and more?

If you do decide to get one, then feel free to call our friendly team at Tucker Barbecues and get free barbecue rubs, pellets, and butcher papers with your purchase!

We hope you enjoyed this Camp Chef Woodwind review.

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