Advantages of owning a Kamado Joe

1. Ceramic shell helps keep the moisture in the food.

2. Adds true wood-fire flavor to food.

3.  Grill, smoke, roast, or bake. Cook virtually any food.

4.  Lifetime Warranty

5.  Easy to use and ready to cook in 15 minutes.


The most common questions that are asked along with a

side-by-side comparison of

Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg:


Kamado Joe Classic Joe 18” vs Big Green Egg Large 18”

Frequenty Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between a Kamado Joe Grill and Other Grills?

There are two main differences:

1.          Kamado Joe grills are ceramic which acts like an insulator to hold in the heat and it helps retain the natural moisture of          food, so foods like steaks and chicken are incredibly juicy. Metal grills radiate heat and pull moisture out of food.

2.              Kamado Joe grills are really an “outdoor cooker”. You can grill, smoke, roast, and bake by adjusting the air flow. Any                 thing that can be cooked on a grill, in a smoker, in an oven, or on a stove can be cooked on a Kamado Joe grill.

How Do I Set the Temperature?

The temperature is determined by the amount of air that enters the draft door and exits the top vent. To lower the temperature, decrease the air flow. To raise the temperature, increase the air flow. It takes a few minutes to see a change in temperature, but once it is set a Kamado Joe grill will maintain the same temperature for hours.

How Long Does it Take to Heat the Grill?

About 15 minutes. The same time it takes to preheat a gas grill.

1. Light the charcoal with the dome open for 5-7 minutes.

2. Close the dome with the draft door and top vent fully open for 7-8 minutes.

What Kind of Charcoal Should I Use?

Only natural lump charcoal should be used. Kamado Joe 100% Natural Lump Charcoal is made from whole stock hardwood.

There are four advantages:

1. The only heat source that offers true wood-fire flavor.

2. It will reach temperatures above 750°F for true steak house searing.

3. It will maintain low temperatures for up to 24 hours for extended smoking.

4. It can be relit for multiple cooking's. Just stir the remaining charcoal to remove the white ash, mix a little fresh charcoal into it and relight it.

Can I Use Briquette Charcoal?

No. Briquette charcoal cannot achieve high temperatures and it does not have the ability for extended burning times. It is made from the char of post-consumer wood and it contains chemical binders like borax. “Instant light” charcoal fumes will be absorbed by the ceramics and it will give food a chemical or fuel taste.

How Do I Light the Charcoal?

You and use any paraffin type starter. Kamado Joe makes it own brand of fire starters. Also, you can use an electric starter, chimney starter, or even crumpled up newspaper. Never use starter fluid because it will be absorbed by the ceramics and give food a chemical or fuel taste.

How Do I Clean the Grill?

Kamado Joe grills are self-cleaning, so there is no need to brush or scrape the interior. Just heat the grill to 600°F+ for 30 minutes to remove any residue. The exterior can be cleaned with any household glass cleaner or soap and water.

Where are Kamado Joe Grills Made?

For our ceramics, we chose a specific region of China for our clay and we built two factories nearby to blend, mold, fire and assemble our grills. The Asian culture has a 6,000 year old history of ceramic making and their craftsmen are second to none. There is a reason the finest porcelain is called, “China”. A fraction of our business expenses goes overseas, while the majority is spent in the U.S. through the retail sales, transportation, marketing, printing and other business expenses. The corporate offices are located in Duluth, Georgia.

What Accessories Will I Need?

A heat deflector is an essential accessory for indirect cooking like baking, roasting and smoking. The most popular accessories beyond the heat deflector are: Natural Lump Charcoal, Pizza Stone, Grill Expander, and Grill Cover. In the end, it really depends on what you plan to cook.

Do I Need a Grill Cover?

Kamado Joe grills are made to live in the elements, so your grill will not be damaged if it is uncovered. Many customers prefer a grill cover to reduce or eliminate occasional cleaning of the outside and for off season storage.

Will the Ceramics Crack Under Extreme Heat or Cold?

No. Kamado Joe ceramics are very sturdy and there is no danger of cracking due to extreme temperatures. However, you should never pour water into the grill while it is hot to extinguish the lit charcoal.

What is the warranty?

Limited Lifetime on Ceramic Parts 5-Year on Metal Parts 3-Year on Heat Deflector/Pizza Stone 1-Year on Thermometer and Gaskets What if I Buy the Grill and I Decide I Don’t Like it? If the food you cook on your Kamado Joe grill using Kamado Joe lump charcoal does not give you moister meats and a better wood-fire flavor, return the grill for a full refund.

Why Does a Kamado Joe Cost Less Than a Big Green Egg?

There are two reasons:

1. The Kamado Joe company has competitively priced their grills to gain market share. If you compare the quality of the materials, fit and finish, stability, and design we believe customers will see the superior difference in Kamado Joe grills.

2.  Big Green Egg is currently the best known brand, so they charge a premium price for their grills and accessories. It does not mean they perform better or are of a higher quality. For example, you can buy a high quality 1 carat diamond at Wal-Mart, and you can buy a 1 carat diamond of lower quality at Tiffany, yet you will pay more for the Tiffany name.






High-Fire Ceramics & Glaze

High-Fire Ceramics & Glaze


Powder Coated 304 Stainless Steel

Powder Coated Galvanized Steel

Powder Coated Cast Iron

Painted Cold Rolled Steel

Powder Coated Cast Iron

Wood Accents

Finished Bamboo




Extra Large/Can be Calibrated

Extra Large/Can be Calibrated



Two-Piece Powder Cast Iron

With Locking Casters

Included FREE

Multi-Piece Painted Cold Rolled

Steel with Locking Casters

Must be Purchased Separately


Side Shelves

Included FREE

Must be Purchased Separately

Ash Tool

Included FREE

Must be Purchased Separately

Grill Gripper

Included FREE

Must be Purchased Separately

Assembly Time

15 Minutes

Comes 90% Assembled

1—2 Hours

Assembly of Grill & Cart Required



Limited Lifetime on Ceramic Parts

5-Year on Metal Parts

3-Year on Heat Deflector/Pizza Stone

1-Year on Thermometer and Gaskets


Limited Lifetime on Ceramic Parts

5-Year on Metal Parts

3-Year on Heat Deflector/Pizza Stone

1-Year on Thermometer and Gaskets




Origin of Manufacture




Includes Grill, Cart, Side Shelves, Ash Tool & Grill Gripper

No Secrets Here!

Grill, Cart, Shelves, Ash Tool Grill Gripper—All Sold Separate


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