Versatile & Efficient: Kamado grills are usually made of ceramics, cement, terra cotta, lava rock, and other refractory materials and they also have thick walls that soak up a lot of heat. Kamado grill are multipurpose grills and can be used for grilling, smoking, roasting and baking.
Due to material and design, the Kamado grill are superb at retaining moisture as it is efficient in controlling air flow and radiating heat evenly as well as holding the temperature steady for longer hours. All these assists in smoking meats that remain deliciously juicy. Kamado grills are also very efficient in burning charcoal.
A bag of charcoal can be used efficiently and slowly to cook meat for hours without having to worry about running out of power. At the end of a cook, you can just close all the dampers to starve the coals just like in traditional oven and as a result, you can use the leftover coal the next time you grill.
” Kamado grill are multipurpose grills and can be used for grilling, smoking, roasting and baking.”
Ease of Use: Kamado grill is pretty convenientand easy to use when compared to other charcoal grills. The roasts take just about 15 to 30 minutes to get ready and this means you could have your grill ready in short time. The start-up time is around 15 minutes and this is a lot faster than other charcoal grills.
It doesn’t matter if you are using it indoor or outdoor because its insulation enables you to get your fire going with little oxygen and charcoal. It is very easy to clean by emptying out the ash tray and brushing the cooking grate after use and as for the fact that it uses natural lump charcoal which produce less ash, cleaning up is even more easier.
The grill maintaining is quite easy as you need to check the band screws yearly or quarterly to make sure that they’re tight.
No flareups: Unlike traditional charcoal grills, the food is placed high above the charcoal so flare-ups aren’t something you ever have to worry about.
Space: Kamado grills are usually only 18 ½ inches so you can grill in your kitchen or limited outdoor space. You can also use an extended cooking rack to help you maximize your cooking surface.
Slow to cool down: One minor drawback you face with a Kamado grill is that it takes a while to cool down because of its tremendous heat retention which is normal when you’re just cooling it down after grilling.
Very expensive: Ceramic is major material used in the manufacture of Kamado grill and while is great at retaining and radiating heat, it can be very expensive. The prices of this type of Kamado grills range from $500 to $1000 unlike other charcoal grills that costs less than $100. The cost is even higher compared to some gas and electric grills in the market.
And since it’s very expensive, many manufacturers sell them without some necessary tools such as a deflector plate that you’ll need for indirect cooking. However, Kamado grill is an asset and it is very good in setting
Fragile: Ceramic is fragile and quite easy to crack especially when it’s hot. A minor surface collision could damage it and since it is fragile, and quite heavy, it’s a grill you can move with you for tailgate parties or festive carnivals.
However, Some Kamado grills are made of insulated steel which makes them a sturdier choice than ceramics but the drawback of this this type of material is that they are not as good at retaining and radiating heat as ceramics are.
Safety: One must be careful of flashover with Kamado grills just like gas grills because if you suddenly open the lid and oxygen comes quickly pouring in, you can create a fireball that’ll burn your eyebrows off or worse.
On the other hand, Sparks are not an issue with Kamado grills because the coal is a bit of a distance from the grate. A Kamado grill is almost airtight so it’s easy to starve the coals of oxygen when you’re trying to lower the cooking temperature or shut it down. It is always advisable to stand on the side rather than the front of the grill.
Char-Griller Kamado Akorn Grill
The Kamado Akorn is developed as an alternative to Kamado grills which are really expensive even thou the cost justifies its value as not everyone can afford to spend that kind of money on Kamado.
The Kamado Akorn is a big step up in terms of delivering top quality performance at less than half the price of a traditional Kamado grill.
314 square inches of primary cooking space
133 square inch removable warming rack
Cast iron cooking grate
Body is made of 22-gauge steel with powder coated steel
The exterior finish and an interior finish of porcelain coated steel
Cart is made of tubular steel with rubber wheels
Indexed top damper to help maintain temperature control
Two folding black metal shelves
Removable ash pan
Stainless heat gauge
The Kamado Akron isn’t the low-cost type of the expensive ceramic kamados in the market today. It might be made of steel, yet it indisputably performs really near the conventional Kamado grills.
This is because the Akron is triple walled to ensure that the grill is able to hold in the heat consistently and far more efficiently than any charcoal grill. This means that you’re able to burn less coal but still reach those really high temperatures (max of 700 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Akron is built to seal tight so you can also expect it to cook low and slow at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for long periods of time, making this grill an excellent smoker as well.
It’s very easy to raise the temperature but not as easy to cool it down to the desired temperature. All Kamado grills face this same problem since they are all built to retain heat extremely.
Another issue is the durability. Char-Griller brand isn’t known for producing long-lasting grills. Customers reviews on their products are not good. Some complained that the high heat burned off the paint and enamel protecting the steel from rust.
Char-Griller Akorn Jr. Kamado Kooker
Triple walled 22 gauge steel
Top and bottom adjustable dampers
Powder-coated exterior finish
Porcelain-coated steel interior finish
153 square inch cast iron cooking grate
Easy dump ash pan
Built-in temperature gauge
Two durable handles on the side
Short sturdy legs
Versatile and efficient; can be used for grilling and smoking
Efficient use of charcoal
Gets hot very fast, great at retaining heat
Easy clean up
No flare ups
Takes up limited space– can be used for grilling on-the-go
Can feed 2 to 4 people
Heavier than other portable grills
Not easy to install; some users have had problems with fitting the screws
Needs to be put on a table because the grill is small.
You can always use your finger to lift the dome and check on your food. And the firebox is less likely to break due to thermal expansion.
Premium 18″ Ceramic Grill with Cast Iron Cart
Locking WheelsDivide & Conquer® Flexible Cooking System
Air Lift Hinge
Kontrol Tower Top Vent
Stainless Steel Latch
Wire Mesh Fiberglass Gasket
Patented Slide-Out Ash Drawer
Finished Folding HDPE Side Shelves/Handle
Pit Boss 71220 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill Cooker, 22″
Using the highest grade of ceramics, gives every home chef the ability to serve the finest in gourmet charcoal cooking. The use of quality materials increases its durability.
Heavy ceramic body
A cast iron calibrated top damper
Solid fold-down bamboo side shelves
An easy-to-read thermometer
Two-tiered stainless steel cooking grates
Fold-down shelves for added storage and prep space.
Comes with a rolling stand, four wheels of which two are lockable.
The cast iron top tamper gives you full control over air flow allowing you to set the perfect
The solid bamboo side shelves are sturdy and fold down for easy storage
Dual tier cooking grates provide even more space to make the most of the encapsulated heat
This kamado grill that is possibly the most flexible in the market. It features an enormous grilling space with its oval-shaped design which measures at 25 inches by 18.5 inches. You can use this grill to do direct and indirect cooking at the same time. Everything about the Primo is great except for the price. It’s quite expensive.
Split, reversible porcelain-coated cooking grids
Powder-coated steel with side shelves
Coupled with a high-sitting lid
Wire basket at the bottom allows for storage
Comes along with the firebox divider
The four heavy-duty swivel casters allow easy movement
Made out of premium grade ceramics that have a scratch-resistant glaze
Kamado Joe Classic Joe
This 18″ Kamado Joe Classic is definitely one of the best-looking ceramic cookers in the market today. It has a thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that makes holds the heat effectively for even cooking just like any other Kamado grills.
Their top vent has a dial control that allows for more precise heat control. The ClassicJoe does an incredible job at even and slow cooking as well as high temperature grilling.
18″ 304 stainless steel cooking grate (fits 10-12 fillets or chicken breasts at a time) which is Hinged on one side
Spring loaded lid
Divide & Conquer Flexible Cooking System
Dual-disc vent system
Split heat deflector
Slide-out ash drawer
Folding HDPE side shelves/handle
Cooking grate gripper
Cast iron cart with locking wheels
Kamado Joe BJ24RH
With the Big Joe, you can easily fit in three full racks of ribs for you and your very large number of guests. So if you’re looking for a good-sized Kamado grill that comes loaded and is ready for use as it is, then you can get the Big Joe.
Kamado Joe Junior Grill
So most are prepared that they can never take their kamado grills anywhere. They’ve only got to enjoy this amazing grill at home.
However, Kamado Joe has come out with the first ever kamado grill that’s perfect for camping, picnics, and tailgates which is tagged the Joe Jr. This kamado grill is portable and can also grill, smoke and cook your roasts in minutes.
1 1/4 inch thich ceramics
149 square inches of cooking space
304 stainless steel hinged cooking grate
Stainless steel bottom vent
Powder-coated galvanized iron lid hinge
Powder-coated cast iron fire grate
This grill doesn’t feature the unique Divide & Conquer Cooking system that the previous two have, it’s still equipped enough to meet your major grilling needs such as even cooking, smoking and stable temperature.
The weight is 68 pounds which means it can be moved around without issues. Also it is solidly constructed with quality materials just like the other types. This grill is suitable for your homes.
Kamado grills might be quite expensive and too high for your pocket but they are lifetime investment that will last you for a long period of time without developing issues. Like any other grill in the market, it does have some weaknesses but generally it is the right one if you’re looking for a grill that can cook more than just your average steaks.