Char-Griller Akorn Grill Review

by | Nov 14, 2017 | Reviews

Char-Griller Akorn

Our Rating:  
Easy Dump Ash Pan  
Material 22 Gauge steel
Cooking Surface 314 sq/inch
Price $$

The Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Kooker is a great, inexpensive kamado-style grill that can be used as a charcoal grill, as a smoker and even as a convection oven.

Kamado actually means “stove” in Japanese. Kamado grills are a modern version of ancient clay cooking pots found in the Far East. While traditional kamados are made from clay, the Char-Griller AKORN kamado grill 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.

Features

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. You need to use much less charcoal than with ordinary charcoal grills and you can reach much higher temperatures easily. This is what separates Char-Griller AKORN kamado from the competition.

The Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Kooker has 314 square inches of cooking spaces 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. The stand has two large wheel and a locking caster and there is even a locking clip at the lid of the grill which allow for even easier transport.

There are also 2 folding metal shelves which give you useful working space.The cooking grates are 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 even a manual that tells you how much to open each of the dampers for every style of cooking.

Cooking With Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Kooker

Char-Griller AKORN kamado has a very wide temperature range so it can accommodate various styles of cooking. You can have long slow cooks at 200 degrees, but it can go as high as 700 degrees.

Because this grill is so well insulated it is very easy to reach high temperatures but lowering the temperature might take a long time. This shouldn’t a problem though, you just need to raise the temperature slowly so the grill doesn’t overheat.

Kamados generally have very even heat distribution which makes them great for grilling. However, this grill can also be used as a smoker. In fact, it performs better than many other smokers made  specifically for this purpose.

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

Maintenance

This Char-Griller kamado is really easy to maintain. The lower section with the ash is simple to remove for easy clean out and you can even wash the grates in the dishwasher.

Furthermore, kamado-style grills can almost clean themselves because of their egg-shaped closed design. All you need to do is raise the temperature to the maximum (around 700 degrees) and leave it for 30 minutes. All the dirt inside will be burned and sterilized with such high temperature, so after this you just need let the grill cool down and clean the interior with a brush.

Conclusion

This amazing grill gives you all the advantages of a classic kamado grill combined with a modern design and a much lower price tag. Because of heat retention and even airflow it is great for low and slow cooking or smoking, but it can also easily reach very high temperatures. If you are looking for a reliable and efficient kamado grill that is not too expensive, this is the right choice.

 

Billy StewartBilly Stewart

Founder of BarbequeSmoked.com

My dad is a true mans man, and has owned a number of grills. Ranging from gas to charcoal. Growing up with him allowed me to see what different types of rubs, spices, brines, etc went into making the best BBQ. Although my dad was a truck driver, and I had a degree in Information Technology I knew that I wanted to do something about grilling and our recipes.  That’s where Barbeque Smoked comes in.

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