Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 104
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Golfer Well made smoker
Received the smoker ahead of the promised date. The box it was shipped in is substantial and arrived in great shape. The smoker is Produced in America and well made.
The directions were concise and easy to follow. All the bolts , screws, washers etc.......... Were blister packed with the size and name of each piece printed on the package.
Easy to assemble. I put this unit together by myself, though An extra pair of hands would help. I was pleasantly surprised how every thing lined up perfectly. Did not have to pry pieces so they would line up with the bolt holes. I would highly recommend this smoker from this manufacture to anyone.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Excellent quality product at substantial saving over a Big Green Egg
I have wanted to buy a Big Green Egg for the past few years. Knowing that I would be moving last year, I held off because I didn't want to have to transport the thing. I am glad that I waited, because I found that other companies have jumped into the kamado cooker business. I have had my Akorn Kooker for almost a month now, and I have done numerous long slow cooks on it, as well as some pizza and beer can chicken. There is a learning curve with temperature control, that depends on a number of variable (fuel, lighting technique, damping, etc..) There are numerous videos and resources online to help you figure it out. The good news is that you almost cannot ruin a meal on this thing.
Assembly is pretty straightforward. My box arrived severely beat up by UPS, but the contents were well packaged and undamaged. Assembly was fairly easy, but the instructions are more like IKEA, and require special attention. It is helpful to have two people when you assemble this. I had one of my kids help me, and it was not difficult. Nothing is very heavy, you just need a spare set of hands.
I sealed the bottom damper with some High Temp Copper RTV. That is recommended by numerous users. I'm sure it helps, but my Akorn already had a gasket there (which may be a new addition, as others have not mentioned it).
You will absolutely want to buy a wireless remote thermometer. I bough a Maverick 732, but it failed after a few cooks. The thermometer that this unit comes with registers temps anywhere from 10-50 degrees F different than the temp at the grate. Plus, you will want a thermometer probe in your meat to measure internal temperature without having to raise the lid. If you're lookin', you ain't cookin'. Every time you raise the lid, your internal temp. will drop, followed by a quick rise (because of all the O2 you introduce). With the remote thermometer, you can keep the lid closed for hours on end and not worry.
I own luxury cars, and do not mind paying more for a better product, but I think this grill delivers nearly the same value as a BGE at 1/3 the cost. As for durability, time will tell, but this grill seems well constructed. If I were cooking in the dead of winter (-15 temps) then maybe the BGE will outperform, but I honestly don't think I am going to be BBQing in the winter. Add to the fact that this unit is significantly lighter than a BGE, and comes with a cart which makes it easier to transport and store, and I think that the Akorn Kamado beats the BGE for value. BTW, I have had this thing up over 550F (pizza night) and the outside of the unit is comfortable to touch. Another nice feature is that a Weber charcoal grate (for the 22" grill - which makes the grate 18.5") fits the tabs where a diffuser plate goes so that you can place a drip pan or pizza stone under your food for indirect cooking and to keep the interior moist and aid in cleanup. A cheap mod that increases the versatility and usefulness of this grill. I am very pleased with this purchase, and Home Depot.
June 26, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by slsacco Issues with assemble but now its great
I bought this grill based on the reviews it got. We had the grill shipped to home depot and when we went to pick up the box it looked like it had been thru WWII. Nonetheless, we brought it home and started to unpack it. I immediately noticed two dents on the hood and the latch was set on an angle. We got thru about 75% of the assembly and the hinge was not lining up right, the screw holes were off about an inch. Even if I rotated the top hood in order for the holes to line up, then the latch would not line up. I immediately sent customer service pictures and they shipped a new hood to me which I received about 5 days later. I placed the new hood onto the bottom and had the same issue, the hinge was not lining up right. I sent additional pictures to customer service and they sent out a new bottom dome which I received about 4 days later. Finally, after two weeks from my purchase, I was able to finish the assembly. I used it over July 4th weekend and it was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved the flavor of the food. This is a great grill and I realize not everyone has had issues with the assembly but I was happy to see how quickly customer service was to remedy the issue. I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the issues up front but either way, its a great grill.
July 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by aiink The Akorn King Griller is cool
Bought online and UPS delivered. Put it together myself.Good directions,not hard. Love the cart prep area. I have used the Akorn a couple times and the food flavor is wonderful but I still need to get the smoking temps right. I have taken off the lower vent and used a copper high heat sealer along with some high heat gasket material to be able to control air flow better. Have not used it since that fix. Added a Weber 22.5 grate where the optional smoking stone would go to put a pizza stone there for direct heat control and a stainless charcoal basket ( used colander from Salvation Army) to catch the ash and measure the lump. Also a large floor tile on the cart to put hot things on. It looks good though. Read all the posts on the web to see how to tweak the Akorn to be more efficient and worth a lot more for much less than a ceramic model. This is a good buy at HD.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LukeS Best grill I've ever purchased! Can be used as a smoker which will broaden my grilling horizon!
I've had this product for about a month now and I have to say I am in love with this grill. The price point was very competitive for a grill this size as the weber equivalent is around $300. That being said, the beauty of this grill starts when you go past standard grilling though, because this grill has insulated walls, and well sealed joints, you have great airflow control, which allows you to use this grill for baking and smoking meats as well. The center top of the grate is removable so you can add charcoal for those really long smoke-cooks.
Last weekend I used this grill to smoke up 20 pounds of meat. I made a 5 lb brisket, a 6 lb pork shoulder, AND 2 full 4.5 lb chickens, all at the same time! The total cook time for the brisket/shoulder was 8 hours, and temperature control was very simple and easy throughout the cook with the bottom/top vents. As if that wasn't enough, because this grill is insulated, you will use far less fuel (charcoal) than equivalently priced smokers, which means you wont have to open the grill up as much, which is a big reason temperature control can be such a pain on other smokers/grills.
I would recommend this grill literally to ANYONE looking for a grill/smoker, and have recommended it many times in the last month of ownership!
April 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AlphaDawg Great first Kamado/Smoker
Like most people, I've seen many friends using the Big Green Egg and I wanted one. The problem is I already have a gas grill and I don't smoke/grill often enough to justify spending that much money. Then I saw this Akorn Kamado at my local Home Depot. After reading the positive reviews and the fact that I had a few HD gift cards, I decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did.
I've owned it for a few months now. I'm no expert, but it seems to be cooking every bit as well as the BGE. Plus it has a few advantages over the BGE. One, the bottom comes off very easily so you can dump and clean out the old coals. Two, it is very light and easy to move. This may not be important to some, but if there is any chance you will need to move it back and forth between patio, porch, driveway, etc. then it comes in handy.
ADVICE: If you get one, get a cover right away. Home Depot is out of stock of the cover that is made specifically for this grill, so I called Char-griller to see where to get one. They were out of stock as well, so I decided to wait. Unfortunately, when it rains, any water that gets in through the top smoke vent gathers in the bottom. Then, on sunny days, the water evaporates up to the grill grates which are cast iron. It caused lots of rust on my grates. After a few months, I decided I couldn't wait any longer so I decided to try the Weber grill cover that is made for their Performer series of grills. It works like a charm. See Picture. It is the Performer Silver 22-1/2 in. Premium Grill Cover model 7449.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HBTim UPDATE..... Poor Quality Control
Back on 1/31/15 I wrote a review on my displeasure with this product. I have to say that I was taken care and the customer service was excellent. They made sure that I recieved the replacement part and in very quick time. After assembly I have to say that I am very please with this grill and that I would recommend this to everyone.
Please disregard my previous review. Char-Griller's customer service is enough to keep me as a customer
March 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gabemo This is the best charcoal grill I have ever purchased.
The Akorn with the cart is a great deal. I have cooked a dozen meals on it since my purchase and have no complaints. It is the best charcoal grill I have ever purchased.
September 2, 2015