Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Review

Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill

$6000
9.6

Construction Quality

10.0/10

Temperature Control

10.0/10

Flare-ups

9.5/10

Features

9.0/10

Durability

9.5/10

Pros

  • Elegant Design
  • Highly Efficient
  • Superior Construction Quality
  • Extreme Temperature Range

Cons

  • Expensive

Specifications

  • 432 square inches of grilling space
  • Dual-layer stainless steel body with high-performance insulation
  • Laser-cut stainless steel plate cooking grates
  • Adjustable, three-position coal grate
  • Temperature range of 200 to 1,200 degrees F
  • Four leg design
  • All metal components are304 stainless steel (316 marine grade available)
  • 430 pounds total weight
  • Dual top and bottom vents
  • Removable ashcatcher
  • Manufactured in United States by Kalamazoo Gourmet

Full Review - Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill

I don't make a secret of the fact that I love Kalamazoo Grills. They are better than anything else on the market. They are also some of the most expensive pieces of cooking equipment you can buy. The Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill is a simple charcoal cooker. There is no electronics or fancy technology. You light a charcoal fire and cook. And yet it costs $6,000USD. While that might sound like a hefty price, it is actually very reasonable considering what this grill can do.

Before we get to that, let's talk about construction. This grill is hand made in Kalamazoo, Michigan from high-quality stainless steel. The cooking grate is a laser-cut, quarter-inch thick stainless steel plate. The body is two layers of heavy stainless steel with two inches of insulation between the layers. The wood is Ipa wood from Brazil. What is Ipa wood? It's a hardwood that is so hard you can't drive a nail through it. It's things like this that make this grill so expensive.

So what can this kamado-style grill do? You can run it at 165 degrees F on a single load of charcoal for 65 hours. So, well over two and a half days. It can also reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees without damaging the grill. So, yeah, you could do some serious searing. In fact, this is one of the hottest temperatures you will find in any piece of cooking equipment. And it can comfortably hold temperatures below 200 degrees without adjustment. Why would you even need a temperature control system? This grill doesn't need it.

So, is it worth it? If you can afford it, yes. Definitely. This is one of the best grills ever built. Truly a joy to cook on and it looks like a piece of art.

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