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Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown
Kamado style cooking comes from ancient cooking methods that used large clay ovens for insulation. Kamados of recent years are made of heavy ceramics. Char-Griller has developed this BBQ grill for Kamado style cooking using innovative technology to make it more durable, convenient, affordable and lighter weight than traditional ceramic Kamados. Cook anything from burgers to fish to ribs to pizza it will all be the best food you will ever cook on an outdoor grill. The unique insulated design of the Kamado Kooker Smoker Grill allows for more heat with less charcoal, and less airflow results in juicier meats. The indexed damper is numbered so you can note its position when you cook your favorite meals, adding to the consistence of your cooking experience.
  • 306 Sq in. cast iron cooking surface
  • Porcelain coated steel interior heats up quickly
  • Sealed design holds moisture inside for juicy and tender results
  • Uses less charcoal than traditional grills
  • Cast iron cooking grates for great seasoned flavor
  • Insulated double wall construction for efficiency
  • Porcelain coated fire bowl for additional heat retention
  • Removable warming rack for additional cooking area
  • Great temperature control for cooking - slow and low
  • Indexing on dampers for repeatable cooking
  • Large 8" wheels and locking caster on back leg for better mobility
  • Folding side shelves for easy storage and covering
  • Heavy duty steel construction for durability
  • Unique removable ash pan for quick and easy cleanup!
  • Note - Use lump charcoal for best results.
  • Easy Assembly
  • Care instructions: Keep cast iron grates clean and oiled to prolong life. Keeping covered with a cover will prolong the life of the grill.
  • Measures 47.2"W x 43.3"H x 28.7"D
  • Weighs 95 lbs
  • Made in China
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5 Year Barrel, Body, and Burner Warranty

1 Year Parts Warranty

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Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Cooks efficiently (8)
  • Adds flavor to meal (7)
  • Large grilling surface (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • For self/couple (5)
    • Indirect cooking (5)
    • Small gatherings (5)
    • Great searing (4)
    • Smoking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Grilling enthusiast (6), Master griller (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Kamado Experience So Far

    I've been grilling for years, but mostly with LP. I've used wood fired bbq's quite a bit, but most of my grilling lately has been done with a high end LP grill. I'd...Read complete review

    I've been grilling for years, but mostly with LP. I've used wood fired bbq's quite a bit, but most of my grilling lately has been done with a high end LP grill. I'd been considering making the switch to charcoal, but was unimpressed with the kettle style grills available and didn't want to shell out over a grand for a Big Green Egg (which I really wanted). My LP grill was ready for replacement and I was pretty much resigned to getting another LP grill and adding a kettle to the arsenal...Enter the Char Griller "akorn" Kamado Grill!

    I saw an ad for this in my local Meijer and after a bit of online research, ordered one online to be delivered to my local store. Delivery to the store was quick and once home, setup was a breeze. My Akorn did have a slightly damaged lid (does not affect performance) but I've spoken with Char Griller and they're sending me a replacement (though it's backordered). There's a website called "kamado guru" that has a TON of great info on this grill including several very minor, but IMO necessary modifications.

    As for performance, the grill's been rock solid. I'm impressed with how little lump charcoal it uses to reach and maintain cooking temps. I think it's more me than the grill, but I'm still working on dialing in an exact temp and locking it there for extended periods of time. For example, I smoked a pork shoulder the other day and was able to keep the temp between 225-240, but not just lock it in at 225. I'm sure as I work with it, I'll get better. So far I've had great success with everything from low and slow smoking to high temp searing...pork shoulders, beef brisket, spare ribs, steak, pizzas, burgers and dogs, etc. I've been extremely happy with this grill.

    One thing I did not think about when switching to charcoal was the smoke/smell...sure when you're smoking something, but keep in mind that even if you're just grilling with charcoal, you're going to smell after. For me, it's worth it for the enhanced food quality, but it's something to keep in mind. Also, while this grill heats up very quickly, nothing's as quick or responsive temperature wise as LP. While this grill's replaced my main LP grill, I still have a portable Weber Q LP grill that I'll keep around for quick burgers and dogs or whatever.

    Overall, I would...and have recommend this grill!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Cooker Very Hard to find parts

    I had damaged my cast iron grate, and after numerous attempts to find a replacement grate. I couldn't. Even the site I purchased the grill did not have any parts. For this reason...Read complete review

    I had damaged my cast iron grate, and after numerous attempts to find a replacement grate. I couldn't. Even the site I purchased the grill did not have any parts. For this reason and this reason only I would classify it as average. Don't take my word for it... Try and look up parts for yourself...Cooking has great flavor.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    @TimGriller

    By ICDEDTURKES

    from MI

    About Me Master Griller

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

          Chargriller's website is in need of a serious update, but their customer service is very good. Anytime I have had a question or needed something the customer service department is quick to get me the part or info I need. Sitting on a Kamado forum with 100s of Akorn owners, I cannot say I have heard anything bad about their customer service.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great Cooker Very Hard to find parts

          By TimGriller

          from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

          About Me Grilling Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adds Flavor To Meal
          • Cooks Efficiently
          • Large Grilling Surface
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

              I had damaged my cast iron grate, and after numerous attempts to find a replacement grate. I couldn't. Even the site I purchased the grill did not have any parts. For this reason and this reason only I would classify it as average. Don't take my word for it... Try and look up parts for yourself...Cooking has great flavor.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this grill

              By usimark05

              from Evansville, IN

              About Me Grilling Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cooks Efficiently
              • Great Value
              • Large Grilling Surface

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • For Self/Couple
              • Indirect Cooking
              • Small Gatherings

              Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

              I got this on sale for around $250 at Meijer.com and I absolutely love it for that price. This is my first kamado style grill, so I can't really compare to others on the market, but this is the cheapest one I could find. It's not made of cheap materials though. I'm very impressed by the quality of this grill and the ease of use. Putting it together wasn't bad at all either. The fact that it comes with all the main accessories is great. I purchased a grilling stone that is made for this grill for the indirect heat/smoking style. That was around $30-40. I would definitely recommend this grill to anyone debating between the premium priced grills and this one. I'd bet the end result of a competition cook-off between them wouldn't be all that discernible.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this grill

              By Big Nate

              from East Bay Area, Ca

              About Me Master Griller

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adds Flavor To Meal
              • Cooks Efficiently
              • Heat Control
              • Large Grilling Surface
              • Uses Less Charcoal

              Cons

              • Difficult Setup

              Best Uses

              • For Self/Couple
              • Great Searing
              • Indirect Cooking
              • Small Gatherings

              Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

              I have multiple grills, this is my favorite. Just as good as some of the more expensive ceramic models for most users.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best hands down

              By momspence

              from Bryan tx

              About Me Master Griller

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adds Flavor To Meal
              • Amazing Flavor
              • Cheap W Lump Charcoal
              • Cooks Efficiently
              • Large Grilling Surface
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                  LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! We have done briskets, ribs, pork butts, hamburgers, chicken. Amazing flavor, cheap to operate. We bought an internal temp gauge (remote is the best so you dont have to keep going out and checking) Kamadoguru.com was a huge help. LOVE it and would buy another one again... over a big green egg, gas or big smoker ANYDAY!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The perfect grill!

                  By Ida Jane

                  from Nashville,TN

                  About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Smoker
                  • Perfect Pittsburgh Steaks
                  • Veggies Are Perfectly Coo

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Any Type Of Grilling Or S

                  Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                  We grill almost daily. Fish is never dry and meats are easy to determine when they are ready. Best grill I've ever owned!

                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great affordable Kamado

                  By Tom

                  from N Michigan

                  About Me Master Griller

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Fuel efficient
                  • Price
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Cheap Hardware
                  • Mods For Low And Slow

                  Best Uses

                  • High Heat Grilling
                  • Roasting
                  • Smoking

                  Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                  I have had my Brown Kamado for over a year now and have done around 100 cooks on it. Its extremely versatile from low and slow to high heat pizzas. I hope that folks considering a Kamado realize it is not an ordinary charcoal grill and light a tower of lump and dump in. Research in lighting procedure and temp control should be done to properly use this cooker as well as to preserve your own safety.

                  I purchased mainly for and slow. Most units require modding to seal leaks to keep temperature down. A roll of high heat Nomex Gasket placed opposite the factory gasket on both lid and ashpan as well as behind the vent control will curb most leaks. Additionally bringing up the fire slow lighting only 1 or 2 pieces of lump with a alcohol saturated cottonball aids in low temp control. When doing low and slow on a Akorn, one needs to realize each day may be different due to air leaks as well as weather. One day it may peg 225-230 and run and the next day it may want to run 250-265. Do not fight it with constant vent adjustments, just roll with it. The Kamado Guru site, details the mods for this cooker very well for those looking to do low and slow.

                  With its insulated body this cooker is extremely efficient and even with a 10 hour cook you will be surprised how little lump is used. Additionally the ability to close vents and snub the coal at the conclusion of the cook saves on lump.

                  Other than fixing the air leaks a couple other areas should be noted. The factory supplied thermometer is in most cases way off, mine reads close to 50 degrees off. A remote thermometer at grate level is best for this cooker so the lid can be closed and stay closed. The screws holding the lower vent on are junk and should be replaced as they will strip.

                  Overall a great cooker for the money. Char Griller Customer service is top notch. Just do some research and understand this type of cooker before purchasing and than enjoy the versatility of this smoker/grill/pizza oven.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Grill/Smoker

                  By VicIII

                  from metro Detroit

                  About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Adds Flavor To Meal
                  • Cooks Efficiently
                  • Great Entry To "kamado"

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                      Great enty to the Kamado grill world. Cheaper than "egg" grills but does everything they do. Won't last as long but will perform almost as good. Some air leak adjustments you can find online will fix that. Great grill and customer service...

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Forget Ceramic - Go Steel

                      By Abaco

                      from Bloomington, MN

                      About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Adds Flavor To Meal
                      • Cooks Efficiently
                      • Easy Temperature Control
                      • Fun to use
                      • Great Value
                      • Quality Build

                      Cons

                      • Didn't Get One Earlier

                      Best Uses

                      • For Self/Couple
                      • Great Searing
                      • Indirect Cooking
                      • Small Gatherings
                      • Smoking

                      Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                      Great for a quick batch of wings. Smoked chicken or turkey breast in two hours. Throw on a couple of baking potatoes in foil and you have a fantastic meal.

                      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Kamado Experience So Far

                      By whitey

                      from northern michigan

                      About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Achieves long cook times
                      • Adds Flavor To Meal
                      • Cooks Efficiently
                      • Cooks hot fast
                      • Portable
                      • Wide temperature range

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • For Self/Couple
                        • Great do it all grill
                        • Great Searing
                        • Indirect Cooking
                        • Small Gatherings

                        Comments about Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker - Brown:

                        I've been grilling for years, but mostly with LP. I've used wood fired bbq's quite a bit, but most of my grilling lately has been done with a high end LP grill. I'd been considering making the switch to charcoal, but was unimpressed with the kettle style grills available and didn't want to shell out over a grand for a Big Green Egg (which I really wanted). My LP grill was ready for replacement and I was pretty much resigned to getting another LP grill and adding a kettle to the arsenal...Enter the Char Griller "akorn" Kamado Grill!

                        I saw an ad for this in my local Meijer and after a bit of online research, ordered one online to be delivered to my local store. Delivery to the store was quick and once home, setup was a breeze. My Akorn did have a slightly damaged lid (does not affect performance) but I've spoken with Char Griller and they're sending me a replacement (though it's backordered). There's a website called "kamado guru" that has a TON of great info on this grill including several very minor, but IMO necessary modifications.

                        As for performance, the grill's been rock solid. I'm impressed with how little lump charcoal it uses to reach and maintain cooking temps. I think it's more me than the grill, but I'm still working on dialing in an exact temp and locking it there for extended periods of time. For example, I smoked a pork shoulder the other day and was able to keep the temp between 225-240, but not just lock it in at 225. I'm sure as I work with it, I'll get better. So far I've had great success with everything from low and slow smoking to high temp searing...pork shoulders, beef brisket, spare ribs, steak, pizzas, burgers and dogs, etc. I've been extremely happy with this grill.

                        One thing I did not think about when switching to charcoal was the smoke/smell...sure when you're smoking something, but keep in mind that even if you're just grilling with charcoal, you're going to smell after. For me, it's worth it for the enhanced food quality, but it's something to keep in mind. Also, while this grill heats up very quickly, nothing's as quick or responsive temperature wise as LP. While this grill's replaced my main LP grill, I still have a portable Weber Q LP grill that I'll keep around for quick burgers and dogs or whatever.

                        Overall, I would...and have recommend this grill!

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