Char-Griller Akorn: Kamado On a Budget?

Oct 2, 2018 | Reviews

Kamado grills are a modern version of ancient clay cooking pots found in the Far East. These grills are quite popular in the grilling/smoking industry. While they are popular they also boast a hefty price tag. The Char-Griller Akorn looks to change that by offering a kamado style grill at a price tag that won’t break the bank.

While traditional kamados are made from clay, the Char-Griller has an insulated metal shell. This means this grill is lighter and easier to use than ceramic kamados but it still has the same ability to reach high temperatures and retain heat.

Let’s look at what else the Char-griller Akorn has to offer.

Char-Griller Akorn

Our Rating


The body of this grill is triple walled and made from high-quality steel. The steal is insulated so the body of the grill holds the heat in really well which makes this great little grill super efficient. The insulated design means that you need a lot less charcoal than with ordinary charcoal grills and you can reach much higher temperatures easily. This is what separates Char-Griller Akorn from regular charcoal grills.

The Char-Griller Akorn has 314 square inches of cooking space in the main grilling area and an additional 133 square inch warming rack. It’s not too big and it’s not too heavy so it’s a very mobile grill. In comparison, Kamado Joe and Primo are twice the weight and twice the size for their smallest models.

The stand has two large wheels and a locking caster and there is even a locking clip at the lid of the grill which allows for even easier transport.

There are also 2 folding metal shelves which give you useful working space. The cooking grates are made of cast iron, so they have great heat retention. The steel shell has a powder coated exterior finish and the inside is coated with porcelain.

Heat control is achieved with adjustable dampers at the top and bottom of the grill. These dampers enable even airflow in and out of the grill. There is a small manual that goes over damper adjustment for different styles of cooking. The damper system allows for a very wide temperature range. You can have long slow cooks at 200 degrees, but it can go as high as 700 degrees.

Furthermore, the Char-Griller kamado can even be used as a convection oven. You can bake bread and pizza. The possibilities are really endless.


If you’re looking to try out a Kamado grill but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars to find out you, then the Char-Griller Akorn is your best bet. The grill has a lot to offer a first-time Kamado user. The grilling space is adequate, dampers work nicely, and clean-up is quite easy. The biggest learning curve is how to control the dampers and adjust for temperature. Once you reach your desired temperature it’s a cinch to maintain it.

Happy Grillin’!


Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for

Barbeque Smoked

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