BBQGuys 21-Inch Kamado Grill & Smoker - BBQ-K-24B
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BBQGuys offers a lifetime warranty on all ceramic and stainless steel kamado components to the original purchaser. All cast iron parts are warrantied for a period of five (5) years. The wood parts and thermometer are warrantied for one (1) year. Labor not included.

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The Skinny:
  • Extra-thick ceramic efficiently absorbs and radiates heat for any type of cooking
  • 304-grade stainless steel components provide the best in outdoor longevity
  • Loaded with premium features for convenience and ease of use
  • More grilling space than other kamados of similar size or price
  • Stainless steel latch and felt gasket ensure heat and smoke stay inside the grill

Simply put, the BBQGuys Kamado offers more — more premium features, more room to grill, and certainly more bang for your buck.

BBQGuys set out to make the best kamado under $1,000, which was no easy undertaking considering the competition. But after years of testing and refining (no, seriously; we sent the first shipment back because it didn’t meet our standards), we’re confident our homegrown kamado grill is worthy of that title. Extra-thick ceramic construction was non-negotiable; using commercial-grade stainless steel in the components put us over the top. Sealing heat and smoke inside the grill is another top priority in this product category, so we adjusted the gasket and latch until the lid was as tight as possible. And if there was any doubt left, we piled on every premium feature a kamado this size can carry.

Now, just because we designed this kamado doesn’t mean it’s free from the same scrutiny we apply to every product. Our experts of 20-plus years put the BBQGuys 21-inch kamado through several rounds of rigorous testing to measure its quality, performance, and features. We compiled their findings below to show you why the BBQGuys Kamado is not only a great Big Green Egg alternative, but also the best kamado for the money hands-down.

Quality:

Extra-thick ceramic and commercial-grade stainless steel combine to create a kamado as trustworthy as its warranty.

Having been in the outdoor living business since 1998, we understand the value of a long-lasting grill. That’s why we built this kamado from supremely durable materials proven to thrive in the elements. The ceramic grill body itself is 1¼ inches thick, resulting in better heat and moisture retention than the 1-inch thick ceramic many manufacturers use. We chose 304-grade stainless steel, the gold standard for longevity in the outdoors, for virtually every other component: the 6mm grill grates, grate hinge, latch, vent, vent cap, and cart. That leaves only the charcoal grate, which we made from durable cast iron to withstand the high heat of direct contact with the coals, and the weather-resistant bamboo side shelves that nicely complement the black ceramic.

Even after selecting the best materials, we wanted to be sure the BBQGuys Kamado could stand up to the most extreme stress tests. So, we brought the kamado to searing temperatures and gave it a few good whacks with a hammer. The only damage we detected was a small piece of paint and ceramic, perhaps 1 inch in diameter, that chipped off about 1/16 of an inch deep into the grill body. That reinforced our supreme confidence in its thickness and durability — so much so that we offer a lifetime warranty on both the ceramic and stainless steel components. The cast iron, meanwhile, is warranted for 5 years, while the thermometer and wooden shelves carry 1 year of coverage.

Oh, and that spiral pattern in the ceramic? It just looks cool. We understand the value of that, too.

Performance:

With a nearly airtight seal and easy-to-control vents, you can dial in precise temperatures over a generous amount of cooking space.

Once again, we tested our design under the most extreme conditions; in this case, that meant filling the grill with charcoal through the top vent and letting the fire roll. Our original model didn’t hold up well: the gasket glue couldn’t handle the scorching heat, and the gasket ultimately detached. We responded by upgrading to the sturdy felt gasket with heat-proof glue, which fared much better when tested in the same way. Not only did the gasket remain intact, but it also permitted minimal smoke to escape. In short, the seal is as close to airtight as we could get it without defying physics.

In terms of actually dialing in specific temperatures, the markings on the top and bottom vents removed most of the guesswork on our end (as expected). Heat levels remained consistent across all 346 square inches of grilling space, which is an area roughly 30% larger than what most other kamados in this price range offer. That’s enough room for 15 burgers at once, all bathed in exactly the right amount of heat.

Features:

We couldn’t find a kamado decked out with premium features for less than $1,000, so we made one ourselves.

While we take great pride in crafting a durable kamado that cooks with the best of them, we know that’s not worth all that much unless it’s easy and fun to use. That led us to go heavy on quality-of-life features to bring you a seamless grilling experience. Let’s start with the spring-assisted hood — we couldn’t figure out a way to make ceramic lighter, so we figured we’d give you a hand when lifting the lid. Similarly, the stainless steel lid latch is outfitted with a spring-loaded release for easy opening, while the grill grate is hinged for quick access to the coal bed.

We designed the ventilation system to be just as convenient, with pre-marked airflow settings on both the top and bottom sliding vents. The top portion includes a cap that prevents rain from trickling into the grill should a storm catch you by surprise, plus 2 tabs for simpler adjustment of the vent itself. The bottom vent, meanwhile, features a secondary slider with wider openings to speed along ash cleanup. No matter where the vents are set, you can track temperatures from the built-in, bezeled thermometer readily visible on the lid. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the side shelves: they offer extra prep space beside the grill, come with tool hooks so you don’t have to dig through drawers, and can be tucked away if you’re grilling in a tight space.

Then there’s the cart itself, which is exceedingly durable thanks to its 304-grade stainless steel construction. The 4 support arms are felt-lined to be soft on the grill while still firmly holding it in place, and 2 of the 4 swivel casters have built-in locks to secure the kamado once you’ve moved it to the desired location. (Wherever that may be, a BBQGuys Series grill mat can protect the surface from oil and embers.) Cart assembly is quick and easy — the only tool you need is a screwdriver, which we included along with a kamado grill cover, ash scraper, and grate lifter. It’s all part of our promise to give you more for your money.

Overall Rating

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Questions & Answers (3)

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Question:
Where is it made?
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Hi BIlly. This Kamado grill is made in China.

Asked by BillyAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
How is the stand attached to the grill? Can the grill be built into an outdoor kitchen?
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Answer:
Hello Mark! The Kamado grill is placed into the support structures of the cart and can be carefully removed to be installed as a built in unit. I hope this helps!

Asked by MarkAnswered by Kaylin

 
Question:
I don't see a heat deflector included with the bbqguys kamado. Am I missing something, or is that something I would need to buy separately? And, if I need to buy it separately, what is the proper part for this grill?
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Answer:
Hello Michael! Unfortunately, we do not have a heat deflector at this time. Our team will is working to have one released soon.

Asked by MichaelAnswered by Dani

 

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Once shipped, items usually arrive within 3–5 business days. If your item or order is large, it may ship via one of our third-party freight carriers, which deliver from semi trucks with lift gates. Freight delivery is much more complicated than standard parcel shipping — you must schedule a drop-off time, be present for the delivery, and move items from the curb to your residence, among other differences. Sound stressful? If you prepare in advance with our guide to freight delivery, it doesn’t have to be.

We strongly encourage reading the entire freight delivery guide, but here’s a quick snapshot of what you need to be ready for when you order a large package:

  • Your freight carrier will call you to schedule a delivery window of about 4–8 hours
  • You’re required to be physically present at the specified delivery location during the scheduled window
  • Freight shipments are carried in semi trucks, which have lift gates to assist with unloading
  • Freight deliveries are dropped off at the curb and no further — not up the driveway, not the porch, not the garage, and most definitely not the backyard — so it’s on you to transport packages to their intended location
  • For an easier time hauling items to your home or backyard, arrange for at least 2 helpers to be on standby during your delivery window
  • You must sign for the shipment to indicate that you’ve accepted the delivery

Again, we recommend reading our entire breakdown of freight delivery so you can become familiar with the process. Trust us when we say that getting caught off guard with the strict requirements of freight delivery can lead to a whole lot of headaches.

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Message to our customers: Like all retailers and manufacturers, we’re currently experiencing well-publicized supply-chain issues and steel shortages that have caused some orders to be delayed. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences arising from this situation, and we assure you we’re making every effort to solve these problems with our vendors and logistical partners.

So, why are some orders being affected? Major ports around the world are still operating at reduced capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions — on average, container boats sit at port for about 3 weeks before being unloaded. Combine these shipping inefficiencies with a scarcity of natural resources, and virtually every industry has been crippled to some degree. Yet we acknowledge that it’s our duty to meet these challenges head-on and work toward solutions so you can enjoy more time outdoors with the people you love. We appreciate your patience as we strive to smooth out our supply chain, and we thank you for choosing us for your grilling and outdoor living needs.

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