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Primo Oval XL Ceramic Grill Reviews

Positive Reviews


I love this smoker


Pros: Large, durable, easy to use and clean, spacious, versatile

Cons: Heavy, Lid issues

I won my Primo Oval XL from a drawing in a smoking/grilling class at Antique Brick Outdoors in Little Rock, AR.  At the time I owned a BGE XL, which I promptly sold to my neighbor.  I like the Primo it is American made and so much larger and more versatile.  I has been perfect.  I am a single dad since my wife passed away over 9 years ago and I took over the cooking duty for my three young children.  I have use my Primo 99% of the time over my oven.  I use it year around in this ever-changing Arkansas weather, hot/cold/wet/dry, and it never lets me down.  Every Thanksgiving now for 9 years we have the family over for Thanksgiving, and I cook the turkey...
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Negative Reviews


Lid Flew Off on 6th use


Pros: Amazing ability and versatility

Cons: Construction and metal parts are beyond cheap

Want a review, ask the fire department! I am beyond "peed" off. I bought a Premo Oval XL 2 weeks ago, had 4 great meals. tonight, I used the book and used the temp settings for  searing a steak. I am sitting (No Joke) with my 85 year old grandmother and my mother letting it heat to grill some steaks. The temp hit about 400F-425.  Then, I opened the lid and the entire ring of felt that    lines the edge of the grill or what ever it is melted off. All of us were like, um..that is not normal.    I closed the lid and closed the air intake to put out the fire as I was nervous about what was happening. 20-30 seconds later the entire lid flew off, it detached...
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More Reviews


Great ceramic cooker and the oval grill surface rocks.


Pros: very versitile with the fire box divider, holds steady temps

Cons: price

I've had my XL for a few months now and have grilled steaks, chicken, and pork chops; and smoked chickens, turkeys, salmon, ribs, ABTs and pork shoulders. The grill gets up to temp easily in 20-30 minutes, and once at temp, I let it hold steady for another 10 just to make sure the smoke goes from white to thin blue smoke to avoid that acrid taste from the white smoke. The XL works as advertised and makes great food. The fire box divider works great when doing smaller cooks and helps conserve charcoal. The dome temperature probe was spot on from the factory when I did the boiling water calibration check. I did follow the instructions and checked all the bolts when I set it up and...
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The best all around outdoor cooking device


Pros: Very versatile, extremely well built

Cons: Cost and weight

I have the primo large, but did not see that one listed to review. There is a slight learning curve to set this up for the different cooking methods this unit is capable of. Direct, indirect, low and slow, high temp sear, etc. I have cooked ribs, steaks, pork bellies, pork loins, salmon, pizza, venison pastrami, smoked turkey and burgers. I have even made smoked sea salt and pepper corns. I have the grill extenders and have found that there is a lot of cooking space. The grill uses very little charcoal, I set up a 8hr smoke and only used about 2/3 the coals. I also purchased the DigiQ Dx2 which is absolutely awesome to control your cook. I was a little skeptical about the cost but after...
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Bob the griller

Great Grill/Smoker


Pros: It can cook at any temperature you want. Large cooking area

Cons: Expensive

I have owned this grill for almost two years now. it's amazing how well it cooks. Of coarse ceramic cookers have been around for thousands of years. I guess it's well proven by now.  I have all of the accessories for the grill and they are wonderful. I can cook a very large amount of food and it always comes out wonderful. The hardest thing to do is major cleaning now and then. Make no mistake this thing is very heavy. Dismantling it is a chore. It is easy to clean though. I had a rolling table built for mine. It makes it easier to use it where you want it. The only thing I have had to watch is cooking in the sun. It does effect the temperature after a while. I started putting it...
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Pros: Easy to use, lots of accessories, well built

Cons: none

I just got this grill and have only cooked on it a couple of times so far, but it is great. Easy to light and maintain temps. I haven't done a low n slow yet but my BBQ Guru just came in today so I will give it a go sometime this week. Fit and finish of the grill is fantastic and I ordered the cast iron griddle and grill grates as well as the D plates for indirect heat cooking. I grilled up some peppers and bacon on the griddle the other evening along with burgers and they came out great. The griddle accessory is awesome. If you are in the market for a new cooker I'd highly suggest looking into one of these. I came from a Smoke Hollow gas/charcoal unit with a fire box and what a...
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Best grill I have ever cooked on.


Pros: Very efficient, cooks from 150 to 750 degrees. lots of custom accessory's. Keeps food very moist. 20 year warrenty

Cons: Heavy! Expensive, but if it last as long as it should it will make up for initial cost.

I didn't think the grill would make that big of a difference in quality of food but I was wrong.  Keeps food very moist.  Maintains temp very well, and is very efficient.  I believe this will be my last grill, at least I hope it is.

This one does it all!


Pros: Versatile, Efficient, Great Company Support, Made in the USA

Cons: Heavy (like any ceramic), High price tag

I have owned a Primo XL for 1 1/2 years now and can honestly say it is worth every penny.  Whether you want to sear a steak, smoke a brisket, make some jerky, or bake a pie, this grill will do it.  I had used other ceramic cookers owned by friends before deciding to buy one for myself.  I did alot of research and pulled the trigger on the Primo XL because of its versatility.  Of the 3 ceramics I have cooked on, this one gives the most options and space for larger cooks.  The green one I tried at a friends is great as well but lacked the length I wanted for larger cuts of meat, as well as the ease of cooking direct and indirect at the same time.  As a matter...
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It will do everything


Pros: You can cook Low & Slow, or extremely High Heat

Cons: Expensive (but worth it)

I've owned my Primo XL Oval for between 3 and 4 years.  In my opinion, it is the best ceramic on the market.  The oval shape and the way the cooking grates are designed make it very versatile.   I also own a Primo Oval JR.  Same great cooker... just smaller.

The Primo is great


Pros: Easy temp control and cleaning and multi use

Cons: It is on the expensive side

I have owned the Primo for a year now and it is the greatest thing I have had in my back yard including my golf clubs. I have made wood fired pizzas, grilled B E A utiful steaks, and smoked many animals on it. It is easy to get started and maintain 200 and 225 up to 14 hours. We rarely eat out anymore because it works so well and is so easy. I have owned a lot of different types of grills and smokers. This is the most consistent I have found for back yard use.

Real taste of charcoal


Pros: Easy to use, Runs for a long time

Cons: Heavy, expensive

Heavy glazed ceramic grill.   Fire chamber can be divided, so you can run inddirect, by having the fire in one section and the food in the other.   It runs on real charcoal and is very easy to fire up and run. The temperature is controlled by a bottom vent and a cirecular vent on the top.   It gives the meat the special flavour, that only charcoal can give, and if you add a small amount of hickory to the charcoal you have a perfect match.   The grill has a lot of extra equipment you can buy: D-plates, Pizza plate, extension rack so you really can fill your grill plus a lot more.   It is grill made for low and slow cooking, not a grill for just grilling a steak or...
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