By: Max Good
Vision’s Signature Series is the upscale segment of their catalog and Plaza is the baseline model. Vision has some unique and interesting features not found on other ceramics. Their ProZone System (above) is a slide out ash tray with dual intake dampers and a slot for the included electric fire starter. One large damper is for coarse air adjustments while a smaller one facilitates fine-tuning. A calibrated cast iron exhaust damper located at the top of the dome also has coarse and fine adjustment capability. Click here to learn more about controlling heat with vents.
Vision’s goal is to make use easier – easier start up, easier ash removal. To this end they created the optional Quickchange Gas Insert (above) that may be swapped out with the ProZone to turn the S Series from a kamado to a gas grill for a quick work night dinner. Quickchange is a slide out 25,000 BTU stainless steel burner that includes a heat exchanger and Visions round Lava Rock diffuser and stainless steel bracket. The LP tank hose has a quick connect end and a round LP Tank Caddy with a wheel that attaches to the cart is also included. Vision claims once the kamado is seasoned, foods will have a hint of BBQ smoke flavor even when grilled on gas. The C Series comes with a Lava Rock Diffuser, so if you buy Quickchange, you’ll have two. Vision suggests you use one as a pizza stone. There have been isolated reports of difficulty sliding the Quickchange burner in and out. We’re told this is an anomaly that is being corrected. Meanwhile, Vision assures us they can and will take care of any buyers who experience this issue. Call Vision Customer Service at 314-428-3166.
The Signature Series uses different molds than their other product lines and produce heavier, thicker walled ceramics. Signature also offers a variety of colors and finishes, different side shelves and carts. An Extra Large Grande model is also available in the Signature line.
You gotta love the stainless steel two level hinged cooking grates (above) that are characteristic of Vision. The top grate is hinged for easy access to the lower level, which is also hinged for adding wood and tending to charcoal. Speaking of hinges, the dome hinge is substantial enabling smooth opening and a shock absorbing bumper up front insures a delicate landing when closing the heavy hood.
This nice package deal includes a solid, powder coated stand on four casters with fold down wood side shelves and a cover. Lifetime warranty on the ceramic, 5 years on metal parts, and 90 days on everything else.
Vision Grills, based in Saint, Louis, MO., is a kamado company to keep your eye on. They’re coming on strong with patented, innovative designs that stand out from the ever growing kamado crowd. Foremost is their unique ProZone system, a slide out insert that includes dual damper air intake, ash removal tray and an electric fire starter. In 2016 they introduced an optional Quickchange Gas Insert that slides into the bottom and converts ProZone models into a gas grill for a quick, mid-week meal. For 2018 they plan to add an optional Quickchange Kamado Grill Pellet Insert that turns your kamado into a pellet smoker.
Published On: 7/16/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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