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Char-Griller 16619 Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Cooking space is 306-inch and a warm rack of 165-inch
  • Insulated design means more heat uses less charcoal and less airflow means insulated heat for juicy meat
  • Cooking surface is cast iron and will hold up to 23 burgers
  • Cart is constructed of tubular steel with rubber wheels
  • Features locking lid, two folding wood shelves, easy dump ash pan, double wall insulation, heat gauge
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Product Description

Kamado style cooking comes from ancient cooking methods that used large clay ovens for insulation. Kamados of recent years are made of heavy ceramics. King-Griller by Char-Griller has developed this product for Kamado style cooking using innovative technology to make it more durable, convenient, affordable and lighter weight than traditional ceramic Kamados. This Kamado Kooker can cook anything from burgers to fish to ribs to pizza. Truly the best food you will ever cook on a grill.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 45.2 x 31.3 x 47.4 inches ; 90 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 97.3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005ELWI7S
  • Item model number: 16619
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,794 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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329 of 341 people found the following review helpful By Ben M. Van Ord on April 22, 2012
I have had this grill for a week. I absolutely love it. Its ability to QUICKLY climb to high heat or to HOLD heat and bake in a moist sealed environment puts it into a different category than a gas grill or a Weber Kettle grill.

I have cooked a pork rib roast at 350 that came out great. With a moist and smoky environment.

I have had it up to 650 and did fabulous burgers. They had a brown and crispy surface with out being dried out.

The problem comes in when I want to get it below 300.

There is too much air coming in from the bottom vent. I was going to seal the back of the vent where it seals to the ash pan. When I removed the ash trap to work on the vent-- I found that the entire round ash trap bottom is just tacked to the top in a butt joint and there is already a gap at one place where it is separating from the flat top part that butts up against the sealing gasket for the ash trap. The metal is deformed in another area directly behind where the vent attaches. Said another way the metal had already deformed behind the vent slot.

I question the long term air tightness with this construction detail.What use is a sealing gasket on the ash trap when the whole area below it is just butt jointed and tack welded in several places?

The photos are available on the customer images when you are viewing the product. Take a look it is quite startling.

This detail is on the removable ash trap and in theory this small part of an otherwise great grill could easily be improved. It looks like this joint may become more and more leaky over time.

The photos for what I am describing are the customer photos when you are viewing the product page.

UPDATE 4-25-2012

I contacted CharGriller about this problem.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Longhorn on September 10, 2012
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I got my new grill last week, and spent the weekend learning to use it.

First I should mention the previously mentioned air leak issue. In the current version of the grill, there is no air leak issue. The new cast iron top vent is designed to stop all air, except what you have dialed in to pass through the vent. If you turn it off, it will stop the air flow, and extinguish the fire. It has a high-temperature o-ring made of a silicone rubber, and has a nice tight feel to it. The lower vent seems to be fit good enough to do what it needs to do. But with two dampers (top and bottom) the airflow is controlled by the most closed of the two. Since the top one closes enough to kill the fire, any small leaks in the bottom one don't really matter. So I think the air-leak problem is in the past, the manufacturer really stepped up and addressed the issue. They are listening!

The grill I got should have been black, but instead it has a nice hammered two-tone finish. It is black on grey for the main shell, and black for the legs. It looks like a nice finish that should hold up well.

My goal is to learn to properly regulate the temperature, for low-slow cooking. One thing I learned is that even at a low temperature, the radiant heat from the fire will tend to overcook anything that gets direct heat if you are doing a long cook, so the first accessory that is a must have is some kind of heat deflector, such as a pizza stone. I used a sheet of foil with a drip pan on top, that worked too.

As for temperature regulation, learning that will require some patience and understanding. In a test cook, I was trying to get a temp in the 225 range. It turns out the vent setting for that temp is around .5 to .75 on the upper vent.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By * on September 17, 2013
When I first bought this bbq/smoker, I loved it and used it almost every day for two months. Out of this cooker came the best tasting slow smoked ribs, brisket, and bbq chicken I had ever cooked! Unfortunately, problems started almost immediately!

When I got the first one home, I attempted to assemble it but one of the threads for the legs was missing so I had to return it for another one. Around the second month, as I was setting the cast iron grate on the concrete ground, it literally shattered. I posted photos so you can see what I mean. I was shocked, but figured the company would take care of it. How I was wrong.

I contacted Char-Griller to ask them if they would consider sending a replacement since I had only had this thing barely two months and I was just out of my 30 day return period. A new grate costs $25 + shipping, and I figured any company worth their weight wouldn't hesitate to send out a replacement to a happy customer, but this was too much for char-griller and they said they wouldn't send out a replacement unless I footed the bill. After forking out $299 for this thing I was surprised that a company would go this route and lose a loyal customer over a $25 grate.

It's a great cooker so long nothing breaks and you have to deal with the company. I would have easily given this a 5 star rating had Char-grill known how to treat their customers right.

Oh well, I will buy a higher end cooker, and I suggest others do as well if they don't want to deal with a company that doesn't seem to know how to treat loyal customers.

UPDATE: Char-Griller was supposed to send out another seal that had torn after the first month of usage, but they never did send out the new seal. It's been a few months and I have heard nothing back from Char-Griller. Expect extremely poor customer service from this company!
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