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Kamado Joe vs Primo Oval - Comparing Egg-Shaped Grill Brands

Kamado Joe vs Primo Oval - Comparing Egg-Shaped Grill Brands

If you want a truly unique grilling experience, the first thing you will need is a truly unique grill. And one of the more unique styles of outdoor cooker on the market nowadays are those oddly attractive egg-shaped grills.

Although they may appear a bit unusual to the eye at first, these solidly built charcoal grills are real workhorses when it comes to delivering seriously savory grilled comestibles. But they still offer many features that make them stand out from the grilling crowd. And two of the finest brands who manufacture these hard-working grills are Kamado Joe and Primo. They’re both dependable, and they’re both durable. But which is best for you? Which suits your outdoor lifestyle better? Is a Kamado Joe worth it? Or is a Primo? You’re about to find out.

Egg-Shaped Grills

Appliances Connection has chosen a pair of grills from each of these stellar companies’ product lines to see which has what features you will appreciate most. In our Kamado Joe review, we’re looking at one grill that comes with a cart and one standalone grill.

The same with our Primo review—one standalone and one with a cart. Now let’s take a look and see which of these “egg-celent” grills will fit your particular bill.

Kamado Joe KJ23RHC

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This 28-in. portable charcoal grill from Kamado has a thick-walled, heat-resistant ceramic shell that locks in smoke and moisture no matter how hot it burns. It has 254 sq. in. of grilling surface under an easy-opening dome lid, and a porcelain-coated steel grate so you can shift food items around without undue sticking and clean the grates much easier when you’re done grilling. Features include:

  • Kamado Joe’s patented Divide & Conquer flexible cooking system has a multi-level, half-rack design that doubles cooking space so you can cook different foods on different levels
  • A patented, no-rust aluminum, rain-proof Kontrol Tower top vent maintains consistent, precise airflow management
  • Handy side shelving
  • The double-thick wire mesh fiberglass gasket offers a superior airtight seal and lasts ten times longer than industry standard gaskets
  • A patented slide-out drawer makes emptying ashes easier than ever
  • Self-activating stainless-steel latch for an extra airtight seal

Primo 773

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Primo’s portable entry is a 28-in. grill with heavy duty ceramic walls composed of a proprietary blend of natural materials to make the highest grade of ceramics available for superior heat and moisture retention—and Primo is the only ceramic grill made in America. It offers 280 sq. in. of grilling surface, a thermometer, reversible cooking grates, and has a pair of convenient side shelves right where you need them. Features include:

  • Exceptional temperature control for a charcoal grill, ranging from a slow and steady 150 degrees to a scorching 850 degrees to really sink in the sear
  • Easy light-up and quick heating let you start cooking in as little as 15 minutes—the same as a gas grill
  • Primo grills are made to withstand any inclement weather the outdoors can throw at it with their premium-grade ceramics, glazes and hardware
  • Primo ceramics are more efficient, enabling you to use less fuel, get the grill hotter faster, and reduce cooking time
  • Cast-iron top vent
  • Stainless steel draft door

Kamado Joe BJ24NRHC

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This 50-in. standing charcoal grill has been dubbed the “Big Joe,” and with good reason, as it’s sporting 452 sq. in. of grilling surface—enough room to handle three full racks of ribs. It has everything its little brother above has, but a lot more of it. Its dense, heavy ceramic walls retain heat for highly efficient cooking, and the double-thick wire mesh fiberglass gasket keeps the heat in with an airtight seal. Other features include:

  • Kamado Joe’s patented Divide & Conquer flexible cooking system that doubles cooking space so you can cook different foods on different levels with a multi-level, half-rack design
  • An advanced multi-panel firebox eliminates charcoal breakage and radiates and retains heat for hours.
  • The patented, no-rust aluminum, rain-proof Kontrol Tower top vent maintains consistent, precise airflow management
  • A breakthrough hinge mechanism reduces dome weight by 96 percent so you can open it with a single finger
  • The patented slide-out drawer makes emptying ashes easier than ever
  • Self-activating stainless-steel latch for an extra airtight seal

Primo PR778B

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The Primo Oval XL 400 is a real barbecue beast measuring 18.5 in. by 25 in. with an expansive 680 sq. in. of grilling surface. The patently distinctive oval shape offers extremely high cooking efficiency and easy food accessibility. It has great temperature control capable of cooking slow and low as well as blazing hot, needs very little maintenance, and is virtually self-cleaning. It’s proudly made in the USA from high-grade ceramics that retain heat and moisture like no other kamado grill.

  • Two-zone, simultaneous direct and indirect cooking, so you can sear steaks on one side while roasting seafood or vegetables on the other. No other round grill offers so much cooking versatility.
  • Easy light-up and quick heating let you start cooking in as little as 15 minutes—the same as a gas grill.
  • Primo grills are made to withstand any inclement weather the outdoors can throw at it with their premium-grade ceramics, glazes and hardware.
  • Primo ceramics are more efficient, enabling you to use less fuel, get the grill hotter faster, and reduce cooking time.
  • Cast-iron top vent
  • Stainless steel draft door

CONCLUSION

Any of these grills will earn their place as a mainstay of your outdoor lifestyle with both their striking appearance and high performance. But which do you prefer? Are you a Kamado Joe fan? A Primo patron. Or maybe you think both brands have a great deal to offer? Leave a comment or suggestion below.

RELATED QUESTIONS

Can you use regular charcoal in a Kamado grill?

Although charcoal briquettes do work, many believe the best fuel for a Kamado is hardwood lump coal, as it produces less ash

What is so great about a Kamado grill?

Kamado grills have much thicker walls and retain heat more efficiently and effectively than other grills. And once heated, their temperatures are very stable.

Are Kamado grills worth the money?

While they may cost more than other charcoal grills, they are worth that kind of money because they will prove their worth for years to come.