Char-Griller Barbecue Grill and Smoker Review

Great Quality Charcoal Smoker/Griller for Small Parties

I bought the Char-Griller Smoker a couple of years ago since I wanted to try making smoked sausages and burgers using charcoal. I ended up buying it after reading a lot of smoker reviews. It’s more expensive than many charcoal models but I think it’s really worth every dollar (I’m offering two years of hindsight here). It has its downsides (check out my downsides section below) but they’re not enough to break the deal.

Who is It Best Suited For?

Char-Griller 06620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Red

Char-Griller Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker

The Char-Griller Kamado Kooker is best suited for people who are looking for a high quality charcoal smoker. If you can spare some extra cash then this is a good option. If you’re looking for something cheaper then get something else.

Product Highlights

  • DUMPING ASH IS MADE EASY: This is one feature that makes this Kamado grill stand out compared to other charcoal smokers in the same price range. This smoker is equipped with an ash catcher at the lower section. All I do is unlatch the bottom and slide it out. After that I throw the ash out, slide the thing back in, and latch it.
  • ENOUGH FOOD FOR A PARTY OF 4: The Char-Griller Akorn Kamado provides a total of 306 square inches. That’s enough space to cook food that’s enough for a small party of four people. That’s enough food for four hungry guys sitting around a fire. More than enough if you consider that you’ll have drinks as well some dessert after.
  • PERFECT FOR A THANKSGIVING TURKEY: I used this Akorn Kamado Kooker to smoke our Thanksgiving turkey last year and it worked great. Everyone at the dinner table loved the scrumptious smell and smoky flavor. If I remember correctly, we had a 13 to 15 pound turkey last year. I think that’s as much as this smoker can hold.

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  • The dime ions of this Char-Griller are as follows: 24.8” x 28.7” x 21.6”. It weighs 90 pounds. It comes with a standard 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. Some retailers can provide warranty extensions. Also comes with a 90-day return guarantee.
  • It provides users with 306 square inches of cooking space (excludes the warming rack that measures 165 square inches).
  • The wall of this Char-Griller grill has insulation to prevent heat from escaping the cooking chamber.
  • Unit comes with warming rack, catch pan, wheels, storage rack, tool holder, ash catcher, and thermometer.
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I don’t really have a lot of complaints about the model 06620 Akorn. I even think it’s a really good buy. I only have two minor complaints about it. First one is about its the price; it’s several times more expensive than your run of the mill charcoal grill/smoker. The good news is that it’s not your run-of-the-mill smoker – it pays for the extra cost in good construction quality.

My other complaint is that this charcoal grill slash smoker has a slight manufacturing defect. The removable section where you can drop additional the coals in can fall into the hole. I had to use a pair of tongs to fish it out. I was just a lot more careful next time I tried adding coals.

Other than these two minor drawbacks, the Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker is a pretty good smoker. It definitely works as advertised.

Final Verdict

    Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Barbecue Grill and Smoker

Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker

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Char-Griller 06620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Red

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Char-Griller 06620 Akorn Kamado Kooker Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker, Red
Kamado style cooking comes from ancient cooking methods that used large clay ovens for insulation. Kamados of recent years are made of heavy ceramics. Char-Griller has developed this product for Kamado style cooking using innovative technology to make it more durable, convenient, affordable and lighter weight than traditional ceramic Kamados. This Kamado Kooker can cook anything from burgers to fish to ribs to pizza. Truly the best food you will ever cook on a grill! Easy to assemble.

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