I have not used our Weber q300 since I got the Yoder. I got the heat deflector with the optional access door and it allows me to cook directly over a flame. Just like a grill. I will say I rarely do that as I use Grill Grates and get great sear marks from those. The one thing I can say about a Yoder is it is built like a tank. It is going to be around a long time. I have had no issues. They are pricey though. I think all in I could have bought a cheap race bike! But I smoke and grill more than I ride so that is pretty easy to justify. I came from an Egg and while I really liked it I just didn't have the time for all the set up and clean up every time.