Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill Review

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker

$299
7.9

Construction Quality

7.0/10

Temperature Control

8.5/10

Smoking Ability

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Durability

7.0/10

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Wide temperature ranges
  • Good smoking capabilities

Cons

  • Low construction quality
  • Rusting issues
  • Awkward features
  • Paint can burn off

Specifications

  • 302 square inches of primary cooking area with 165-square-inch warming rack
  • Cast iron cooking grate
  • Top and bottom dial vents
  • Fold down metal side shelves
  • Steel construction powder coated exterior and porcelain-coated interior
  • Three leg stand on wheeled cart
  • Removable bottom vent section allows easy ash removal
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Made in China for AJ Manufacturing LLC

Full Review – Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Grill

Ceramic Kamado Grills have problems. The ceramic material can be fragile and heavy. The weight means that they are also expensive and difficult to ship. Add in the whole part about attaching metal parts to ceramic bodies and production costs are rigid and high. This led the people at Char-Griller, makers of lower priced grilling products, to give metal a try. The Akorn grill is what they came up with.

Grills, cart, and side tables bring this grill up to nearly 90 pounds in total weight. A comparably sized ceramic unit weights more than 200 pounds typically. Since the Akorn is metal and less fragile, it also doesn’t need all the packing materials so a smaller box to ship, which is a good thing since this grill is coming from the other side of the planet. But the big feature here, actually the only noteworthy feature, is that the Akorn can be had for around $300USD, or a third the price of a similar sized ceramic grill.

Actually, there are a number of features to the Akorn that it’s metal shell allows for. The bottom drops away for easy clean out. The whole unit is mounted on a cart with wheels and since it isn’t that heavy, it is easy to move. The lid locks in place and all you really have to worry about is that the paint will come off and it will rust, because it will.

ultimately, the argument for buying the Char-Griller Akorn comes down to price and value. It isn’t as good as the higher priced Kamado grills. That is just a fact. It won’t last as long and it will probably give you trouble eventually. Don’t expect it to be great. It isn’t. It is, however, cheap in both senses of the word. At around $300USD it isn’t a serious investment. It will grill and it will smoke, but all in all, it is a tradeoff of quality and function over price.