Kamado Joe ClassicJoe is an elegant, well-crafted ceramic cooker that presents strong competition to other 18″ models in the premium priced market. They pay attention to detail and offer upgrades like top quality 304 stainless steel cooking grates as standard features while holding their prices just a bit lower than the other guys. New owners often choose KJs over other top brands because they look just as good on a showroom floor, come standard with features that are usually optional, and cost a couple hundred bucks less. Their customer service consistently receives high praise as well. They just keep trying harder to win more of the kamado market and for many, red is becoming the new green.
Round Kamados cannot easily be set up for 2-zone cooking, an essential technique that allows cooking on direct hot heat and indirect moderate heat simultaneously. This enables cooks to slide foods back and forth from cool to hot zones for crisping skin and reverse sear steaks. Most Kamado aficionados concede the best way to create different heat zones in round cookers is by moving foods closer to or further from the coal. This is typically accomplished using a variety of accessories that can be costly and awkward to use. However, in 2014 Kamado Joe introduced a unique multi-level grate and heat deflection system called “Divide and Conquer” (shown below) that comes standard with this model.
While it is not a panacea for the 2-zone issue, some kamado manufacturers charge extra for everything but their logo, so we appreciate KJ throwing this in as a package deal to offer their customers more value and versatility. You also get a grate lifter and ash rake.
All ceramic kamado parts are warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship for as long as the original purchaser owns the grill. All metal and cast iron parts are warranted for a period of five years. The thermometer and gaskets are warranted for a period of one year.
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Grill, Smoker, Egg or Kamado Style, Combination Grill and Smoker
256 square inches
Small(about 12 burgers)
Kamado Joe Company
Kamado Joe makes a variety of heavy duty kamado cookers that offer unique, innovative features that set them ahead of the pack. They also sell KJ accessories such as pizza stones, rib racks and JoeTisserie; a cast aluminum system that enables rotisserie cooking.
Published On: 2/11/2013
Last Modified: 8/29/2022
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