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A Review On: Char-Griller 16619 Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black

Char-Griller 16619 Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black

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Price paid: $349.00
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Pros: Great price, easy ash cleaning, new model improvements

Cons: must contact Char-Griller for accessories

The new model with the black top vent is an improvement over the previous stainless steel silver vent (older) model. The new black cast aluminum top vent now has a large o-ring washer to seal it air tight to the top of the Kooker. Make sure you buy the unit with the black top vent and you will have the new model. The bottom of this unit drops down and comes off completely after releasing the two latches to clean the ashes out. Much easier than digging in the vent hole to clean the ashes. The unit has a metal exterior, triple insulated including the bottom, with a porcelain interior. Like most grills and kookers the temperature gauge is not accurate so cheers for the Maverick ET-732. My unit was 70° off. I can keep the temp at 200° to 250° by closing the bottom vent completely and the top vent open very slightly. Start the coals using the minion method and watch the amount of air you let in the unit. The bottom line is that this unit has done a great job for me so far. It is priced right and is built very well. The two drop down tables are a nice standard feature. This unit comes in Black and Red depending where you buy it.


Some Kroger's in the Atlanta area are selling these for $269
That's a great price. I bought mine on sale at Menards for $248. The regular price on this unit is $349.
I got the Big Red Kamado Kooker @ Menards @ $248 as well a little over a month ago. Most everyone else was $100 higher so I couldn't pass it up. 1/4 chimney of lit coal on grate with unlit around it touching with bottom vent closed and top @ .5 works great for 225*. Most You Tube videos start with too much burning coal and can't get under 250*. Then some people seal bottom vent with high temp. RTV silicone which isn't necessary in my opinion because the slide vent will barely leak on the left and right side which can't be sealed otherwise it won't slide. These Kamado Kookers pay for themselves on the coal you save. Off sets the higher price of lump coal. Excellent Thread!
I saw The black Acorn Kamado Kooker @ Kroger here in Peoria, IL as well @ the same price. Same as Big Red just different color and second best price I've seen.
Menards has it on sale right now and there is a 11% rebate through Saturday.