Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 16
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kass Amazing efficiency, holds its temperature all day, compact footprint, versatile, great bargain
This kamado kooker is really great in a lot of ways. I have only smoked on this, not grilled or baked. I was hesitant about getting the "egg" style, because I'd had a long, contented history with a traditional big, puffing, locomotive-engine style black iron smoker with a big offset box. But, I'd spend all day running out there to shovel more coals or wood chunks in like a fireman on a steam locomotive, too. This one? you barely use any lump charcoal, and it puffs away all day. Biggest difficulty is learning to NOT use more than about 2 or 3 (at most) medium sized chunks, (compared to several pounds in a traditional smoker), or you'll have a helluva time getting the temp down from the 350-degree or higher range when you want to smoke (200-220 range). It's that efficient. Once you get the vents and temp set the way you like it, it holds steady at that temp for hours.
It was fairly easy to assemble. I don't know how long the gasket will stay good, but that's true of all 'egg' type smokers. Completely mobile on a 3-wheel cart (no moving the locomotive-type cooker); triple-walled insulation means heat AND smoke stay in- once the food is in, it hardly puffs at all, so won't irritate the neighbors when you smoke something all day on a Sunday. Comparatively small, so you can wheel it into the garage or on the porch when you you're done. Seems well-made. Cheaper than others of it's type, because made of different material than much-heavier ceramic, but-- never having cooked on those, this one seems just fine to me. Also, has a larger cooking area inside compared to its circumference, when compared to other cookers of the same size. You can get a lot on there.
Only drawback i see: since it "stacks" with the wood in the bottom, and there's no door in the side, you need to put your smoking wood chips or chunks in at the beginning of cooking, and be satisfied with that. Because -- if you're smoking - you then fit the heavy smoking stone above there (same as a pizza stone), then set your drip pan atop that, then the grill over that, and then the meat. So, you're not taking all of that off to add more wood, or more wood chips, once you're cooking. My three smoking outings (twice with chicken, once with pork butt), all yielded much less than expected level of smokiness. I hope i can figure out some tweaks to improve that. I'd recommend this for sure.
April 26, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Scott Poor build quality, even worse customer service.
Purchased the Big Red Kamado grill back in August of 2012. When I unpackaged the box I was missing the top cooking grate, middle grate section, and warming rack. This was unfortunate as I had been planning on using it that day. Instead I had to wait 5-7 business days to get these parts with little to no apology for the inconvenience. Yesterday I went to use the grill (which I've used maybe 4-5 times/year) and noticed that there was a split in the steel seam of the ash pan. This will make controlling the temp very challenging. When I looked up the warranty I was pleased to see the "bottom half" of the grill carried a 5 year warranty. When I contacted the company to resolve the issue, I was informed the 5 year warranty only covers the bottom half of the kettle itself. So by detaching the bottom-most portion of the kettle (most susceptible to corrosion and heat) and terming it an accessory item, they don't need to warrant it. I guess this is just another instance of you get what you pay for. Thought about going green initially, and was tempted by the price of this one. Now that I'm facing having to purchase a second once this one falls apart, I'd have been better off just spending the extra on the front end and dealing with a professional company with a high quality product.
January 7, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by rusted Grate rusted after three weeks.
I have owned this grill for three years now and am finally giving up on it! After the first year, the screws that held the lid on broke. I was able to fix it but did question its durability. More recently, I order a new grate for it. Despite having seasoned the grate according to the instructions and storing the unit under a cover, the grate started rusting after three weeks. I felt that the was not acceptable considering the amount of time. When contacting customer, the only recommendation was to clean off as much as possible and season the grate again. There was not offer to replace them since they were not 'under warranty.' I question the quality of the product and the customer service of the company.
May 18, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Grillqueen Good grill to begin with
I loved this grill when I first got it. But into my second year of using it the bottom ash pan was rusting and this year it finally just fell off - It cannot hold its temperature anymore and the insulation is very worn.
I would not recommend wasting that much money on a grill that will not last
June 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by littleriverguy Love my Akorn
Holds temp well. Easily started. Large griling surface.
June 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chuck Amazing
I've had my Acorn grill for 2 years now. It's amazing how much you can control the temperature, to get the food done just right. Our friends are continually throwing hints, trying to find out what I'm cooking next.
May 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LesliK This is a great grill
I didn't assemble however my boyfriend didn't complain either. I have used this grill and it's fantastic and cute. Lol will post again after a few uses.
July 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by seedwards Overall good but a few issues
The grill is built well except the side shelves, both of them were broken. It was pretty easy to put together. It is very heavy so you will need to people to move the box. Once it is set up it is easy to move because of the wheels
January 5, 2016