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Ceramic Smokers item created by bmudd14474, Mar 8, 2012
Pros - crazy efficient, great price, can grill or smoke, easy to empty ash pan,
Cons - you need to seal air leaks,
I wanted a BGE but didn't want to pay that kind of $. I had a electric unit before and was afraid of getting up at night to add charcoal, so i bought this unit as a experiment. The BBQ is soo much better with charcoal over my electric. Assembly was easy, grill is heavy but no BGE heavy. Use a little RTV to seal any air leaks and this baby will hold temps easily. The whole bottom pan comes off to empty ash which is way better than a BGE. This smoker will also grill @700 degrees so its great for steaks and makes a mean pizza. Glad I bought it!
Pros - Price,Attractiveness, Assembly,weight
Cons - Lots of leaks, Hard Temp Control, Possible Safey Issues
I owned this Grill for 2 weeks, then I had a bad experience. When I went to use the Grill they day after I smoked a Chicken, I Notice that the ash pan paint was burned off, and the handles turned to charcoal and fell off. So I sent the Grill back.
That being said, There are thousands of people that own and love the Grill, There is a big following on this forum:
There are some Videos on how to fix the leaks.
It is a very nice looking Kamado, looked real nice on my patio.
The Kooker did introduce me to Kamado's, and I had some great meals from it. But I could not control the temperature. This is in part do to my lack of experience. The burned out ash pan was probably a defect on the grill, it should not have happened.
If you can afford another $200 - $300 you could get a Ceramic Grill. I think any Ceramic Kamado will be safer and better then Kamado Kooker. If you are handy, and don't want spend the extra money, this grill should work.
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.