- 19-inch diameter primary grilling surface (280 square inches)
- Stainless steel vents and hardward
- Thick ceramic body
- Hinged stainless steel cooking grates
- Spring loaded lid for easy lifting
- Wood chip port in the main body
- Made in China by Saffire Grills
Full Review Saffire Silver 19-Inch Kamado Grill
When Saffire hit the marketplace they choose not to go toe to toe with the biggest selling Kamado Grill on the market, the Big Green Egg Large. While Eggs come in various sizes it is the 19-inch (really an 18-inch) that sells the best and the size you find across every manufacturer. Saffire does make a 23-inch size which is very large.
They also sought to add better quality features. This grill, for instance, has a cast stainless steel vent cap so no worry about it rusting and getting locked up by corrosion. One of the new features with this grill line that I really like is the small access port in the body of the grill. This port seals tight so that air doesn't leak, maintaining the excellent airflow.
What this port allows for is the addition of wood chips (relatively small of course) to the fire while cooking without lifting the lid. This is actually a pretty cool feature. The only problem is that while the grill comes standard with the port built in, the tool for actually adding the chips is an optional item, costing around $40USD. I'm willing to bet that an inventive person could figure out how to use this feature without paying extra, but I believe that if you are going to add something this innovative, that it shouldn't require optional equipment to make it work.
Saffire holds down production costs by building their grills in China, but the overall quality is comparable to similar grills. This is everything one would expect from a good Kamado Grill in the way of temperatures ranges (200 to 800 degrees F/95 to 425 degrees C), a quick start and shutdown, and excellent temperature control. For those looking for a larger sized ceramic grill, this is definitely one worth taking a look at.