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Primo 774 Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill, Oval Junior

by Primo

List Price: $832.00
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  • Unique oval design for more flexible and versatile grilling and smoking
  • 210 square inches of standard cooking surface; up to 360 square inches with rack extensions
  • Exterior features a premium-grade ceramic blend coated with a protective, lead-free, scratch-resistant porcelain glaze
  • Highest quality ceramic for increased efficiency and durability
  • Measures 24 by 22 by 16 inches; 20-year warranty for all ceramic parts; made in USA
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Primo 774 Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill, Oval Junior + Primo 334 Cast Iron Divider for Primo Oval XL Grill + Primo 332 Extended Cooking Rack for Primo Oval XL Grill, 1 per Box
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Product Details

Size: Junior
See the user manual for this product [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 21 x 24.5 inches ; 95 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 117 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000W0O07C
  • Item model number: 774B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,907 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Size: Junior


The Primo Oval Junior charcoal smoker grill is the ultimate outdoor ceramic cooker, featuring 210 square inches of standard cooking surface (and up to 360 square inches with optional rack extensions). It also offers a cast iron chimney cap, easy-to-read thermometer, reversible cooking grates, stainless steel lower vent door. And Primo's unique oval design allows for greater flexibility and versatility. You'll be able to cook using both direct and indirect methods at the same time.

primo oval junior
Primo's unique oval design allows for greater flexibility and versatility (view larger).


primo trio of grills
The Primo grill lineup: Oval Junior, Oval XL, and Oval Kamado (from left to right; stands not included).

With a Primo grill, you'll be able to:

  • Cook a wide variety of foods, including steaks, chicken, pork, turkey, fish, pizzas, vegetables... you name it!
  • Grill and/or smoke while maintaining a consistent low temperature or high temperature
  • Evenly heat across the entire surface of the grill

The Primo Oval Junior measures 24 by 22 by 16 inches (HxWxD). The only ceramic grill manufactured in the USA and constructed to the highest specifications, Primo grills are backed with a 20-year warranty on the ceramic portion and 5 years for its metal parts.

Durable Handcrafted Ceramics

Primo's handcrafted ceramics are designed to provide the upmost strength while providing superior temperature control and maximum moisture retention. By curing the finish at temperatures exceeding 2400-degree F, the glaze is permanently bonded to the ceramic body for long lasting durability.

The exclusive ceramic formula delivers consistent temperature control. From its smallest to its biggest grills, Primo can provide smoke temperatures as low as 95 degrees F or exceed searing temperatures of 750 degrees F.

Primo's bands and stands feature a baked-on, powder-coated, high-gloss finish for durability and easy maintenance. The commercial grade porcelain is applied to the grilling racks here in the USA and are crafted for a lifetime of use.

primo interior shot
Perfect 7mm grill spacing so food stays on the grill, not in the fire, while maximizing searing efficiency.

Maximum Cooking Versatility for the Outdoor Chef

Many restaurants use the intensity of direct grilling to seal in the juices to foods, then finish the cooking process over soft true indirect or convection grilling style.

Similarly, with Primo's two-zone design, you're not limited to just one cooking style. Using the divider plate, you can cook a steak with direct heat on one side and chicken with indirect heat on the other side. You'll be able prepare the perfect meal, whether via direct cooking, true indirect, convection, baking, direct and true indirect, convection and true indirect, baking and direct, backing and convection, and so on.

Primo's two-zone design provides maximum cooking versatility to get the same big-name restaurant result at home, and at a fraction of the cost.

Optimized Grilling Surface

With Primo's exclusive flush rack design, a backyard chef is able to maximize the use of the Oval's grilling surface. Reversible grilling racks allows for food to be grilled a different intensities.

Natural Lump Charcoal

Primo recommends using its Primo brand Natural Lump Charcoal for best results. Burning cleaner, hotter, and longer, natural lump charcoal produces less ash than briquette style charcoal. It's also quick and easy to light--unlike charcoal briquettes that require patience--and is a renewable fuel source. Other natural lump charcoals are also fine to use in your Primo.

What's in the Box

Primo 774 Oval Junior grill; cast-iron chimney vent; precision thermometer; easy lift and lock hinge system; soft-close felt gasket; quick-clean porcelain cooking grid; user manual; recipe book

Product Description

The Primo Oval Junior Smoker Charcoal Grill is a Medium-Large Size model with all the benefits of the original Oval ceramic benefits. Standard Grill Features: Cast-Iron Chimney Vent, Precision Thermometer, Easy Lift & Lock Hinge System, Soft-Close Felt Gasket, Quick-Clean Porcelain Cooking Grid, User Manual/ Recipe Book Grill Dimensions in inches (H by W by D): 24 by 22 by 16 - Cooking Surface: 210 Square Inches (with Rack Extensions: up to 360 Square Inches)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

You'll have no reason to upgrade once you get a Primo grill.
Amazon Customer
For now though, if you want a ceramic style grill for your backyard you really can't do better than a Primo.
It cooks steaks, briskets, chicken, pork, fish, pizza, bread and paella to perfection.
G. Ainsworth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Shazam on February 3, 2011
Size Name: Junior
The Primo Oval JR falls in the category of ceramic grill/smoker. This group is inspired by the Japanese kamado grills. The most famous of these is probably the Big Green Egg. They provide a number of benefits:

1. Ability to maintain a wide range of temperatures, allowing low/slow smoking at 210 degrees to high temperature searing at 700+ degrees.
2. Efficient use of charcoal and wood, using less fuel than similarly sized traditional grills also allowing for longer cooks without having to add additional coals.
3. Heavy sides insulate and capture heat, allowing for stable temperatures and protecting from exterior winds and cold to keep consistent heat.
4. Contain moisture, which is great for keeping your meats tender and juicy.

There are downsides to ceramic grills too:

1. They are heavy and thus harder to move around
2. Being ceramic, they are fragile. From the forums, a large % break in shipping so its good to get one that is backed by a good manufacturer. The top ones, including Primo are known to stick behind their products.
3. They are expensive compared to traditional grills for the same cook area.

There are three things that differentiate the Primo in my mind (getting tired of lists yet? :) )

1. They are oval, which is very handy for cooking long things like a brisket, as well as cooking two different types of food on each side of the grill, including doing indirect cooking on one side and direct on the other.)
2. They have more accessories than many of the other manufacturers, including additional levels of racks, the indirect heating 'plates', etc. Just more ways to get better utility out of your grill.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Steve on March 15, 2011
Size Name: Extra Large
This is an awesome grill, smoker, and oven all in one. After spending weeks of research on ceramic grills, I came to the conclusion that Primo Grills, which are made in the USA, are the most versatile and largest of all ceramic grills on the market. There are many options/add-ons for this grill that really make it stand out too. Be sure to pick up the extension racks as they are great for added food. I mostly use my extension racks for smoking meats and the results are incredible. If you need an oven, purchase the Deflector Plates and drip pan racks. The Drip Pan racks hold the Deflector Plates, but also serve to hold your drip pans when smoking fatty foods. If you want to cook a pizza, purchase the Primo Pizza stone as well. You will definitely need the Ash Tool and Grid Lifter for everyday use. Spend a few hours learning how to use this grill and you'll reap the rewards. I've provided a few tips that will save you a lot of research time and they are listed below to get you started.

Best LUMP Charcoal - I found Royal Oak to be superb and it is available at Walmart in a Redish/Orange bag for $6.43 per 10LB bag. It is very highly rated on the NakedWhiz lump charcoal review website.

LIGHTING THE GRILL: Propane torch with 3ft extension handle.

SMOKE WOODS: Use chunks for longer smokes and chips for quick smoking. Just toss them into the coals.
Pork Ribs - Baby Back or St. Louis style (Apple Wood and Hickory work great together)
Chicken - (Hickory, Apple, Olive) (more to be added)
Seafood - (Alder)
Beef - Short Ribs(Hickory and Red Oak)
Beef - Porterhouse Steak (Mesquite - chips) This combo makes an amazing feast. Add Salt,Pepper,& Garlic & 1 nice handful of mesquite chips - smoke for 5-10 minutes at high temp on bottom racks.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Wilson on December 28, 2010
Size Name: Extra Large
Temperature control is easy and exact. One bag of charcoal did a chicken one night, 11 hours of pork butt smoking the next week, and ran then ran the unit as a 200 degree warmer for 6 hours. Far better fuel use than my father's WSM. It is super heavy, plan on at least two strong backs to move and assemble. Lid is very heavy even with spring assist. Make sure to order the extra racks and buy a large pizza stone. I like the fact that it is made in the U.S.A as well.
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Elvis 355 on August 12, 2011
Size Name: Extra Large
My Oval XL's interior ceramic bowl cracked after the first use at nominal temperatures. Customer service has completely ignored my attempts at contacting them. So yeah, if it doesn't break on you, it's nice grill. But if it does, you are absolutely screwed. It's too bad that the only American manufacturer of ceramic grills has to be the one that ignores their customers once they've made the sale. Once it broke, I went to other websites and saw similar complaints from other Primo owners.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John St John on October 27, 2011
Size Name: Junior Verified Purchase
Let me get the bad stuff out of the way first, since overall I love my Primo Junior.

When I first got the Primo I set it up on a stand in the place it will go once I complete the outdoor cooking station I'm building. I was quite surprised to find that with the lid open a slight push on the lid would cause the Primo to start tipping over backward. I thought perhaps the hinge mechanism required some adjustment to prevent the lid from going going back too far, and promptly called the manufacturer. The woman I spoke to didn't seem too anxious to help, but suggested I take a picture of the Primo and e-mail it to their warranty department. I did so, and received a form response saying I would hear from them shortly. That was more than a month ago, and I have yet to get anything.

However, the Primo is set next to a wall (or I should say 10" from a wall, which is the minimum clearance), and I was able to use some 2 x 4s to build a simple wedge structure that supports the Primo just under the lip on either side of the hinge. This solved the tipping problem. Nevertheless, this is a seriouds issue. I imagine the tipping is avoided if the optional stand or table is purchased, but the manufacturer needs to alert purchasers to this potential problem.

That being said, let me say that all the good things people say about the Primo, and kamados in general, are absolutely true. I've done over a dozen cooks, and the result in each case was great.

Unless you are a very experienced cook I would strongly recommend that you purchase a digital food thermometer such as the Maverick ET732. Mine works great, and in my opinion it's essential to getting quality results.
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