Kamado Joe ClassicJoe

Kamado Joe Company

Kamado Joe makes a variety of heavy duty kamado cookers on stands and attractive carts that offer a few unique features. Hardware, particularly the substantial lid hinge, is solid; handles and shelves are bamboo. They make a large, all stainless steel model mounted on a cart with two doors and one drawer. KJ is branching out into the gas grill market with three models on carts, including one that is a combo kamado and gas grill. They also offer accessories such as pizza stones, heat deflectors and rib racks.

Kamado Joe is available throughout the USA at a variety of outlets, including some Ace Hardware stores.

Top Ten Charcoal Grill 2014Kamado 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.

With few exceptions, round Kamados cannot 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 kamado joe divide and conquer grate systemfrom 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 above), 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.

One useful device that is a match made in heaven for any kamado is the BBQ Dragon, a well-made, battery operated, clip on, variable speed fan that can convert a charcoal bed from quiet gray to rip roaring red hot in a matter of minutes. Very good for switching gears from low and slow to searing hot. Click here to read more about Kamado and Ceramic Grills and Smokers.

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.

We found some great Kamado Joe package deals that include a cart. Click on the links below in our Where to Buy Section to take a look.

Primary Function: 
Egg or Kamado Style
Combination Grill & Smoker
Primary Capacity: 
256 square inches
Made in the USA: 
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