Buyers Guide: Kamado Joe Big Joe II 24″ Stand Alone Ceramic Grill

Kamado Joe’s, Big Joe II is a versatile all-in-one ceramic grill, smoker, and oven that has taken grilling to a whole new level. They have continued to keep the high quality ceramic walling of the original kamado which is known as being among the best in the market because of the way it helps to preserve moisture, smoke, and heat so you can barbeque to perfection.

The Big Joe II boasts one of the best and biggest cooking surfaces in the kamado market as it comes with 304 stainless steel grade grilling grates that measure 452 square inches. Thanks to its flexible cooking system, you can now grill on two separate levels or smoke and bake using its two split heat deflectors.

It has a patented Kontrol Tower vent at the top which maintains a regular air intake setting for accurate temperature management and it never slips out of its position when you open the lid. This Kontrol Tower is made with cast aluminum to have a greater rust resistance.

The industry-first wire mesh fiberglass gasket of the Big Joe II ensures that your grill is properly sealed and it can last for at least 10 years longer than the average kamado. Its stainless steel lid latch activates itself immediately when you close the lid ensuring that there is no heat leaking through the seal.

It has a fire grate that is made of powder-coated cast iron for greater heating performance and durability. It also has a patented slide-out ash drawer that makes cleaning the Big Joe II an easy task. The airlift hinge reduces the weight of the dome by a cool 96% which makes it painless to lift the heavy ceramic lid that has a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) handle.

The ceramic lid of the Big Joe II can also stay open at any preferred position so you can grill with the lid partly open. It comes standard with an ash tool for easy removal of ashes, a grill gripper for managing hot grilling grates, a flexible cooking rack, a heat deflector, and an accessory rack.

Product Features

  • Divide and conquer flexible cooking system
  • Kontrol tower top vent
  • Air lift hinge
  • AMP firebox
  • Stainless steel latch
  • Patented slide-out ash remover
  • Wiremesh fiberglass gasket
  • Ash tool
  • Grill gripper
  • Built-in thermometer

Technical Specs

  • Grill dimensions: Width 32″ x Height 37.5″ x Depth 36.25”
  • 604 sq. in. grill expander
  • Two sets of grates 904sq. in.
  • Weight 371 lbs
  • Heat range: 225⁰F to 750⁰F

What we like

Divide & conquer: Kamado Joe’s patented Divide & Conquer® Flexible Cooking System converts the modest cooking grate into the greatest tool in your weaponry. This revolutionary two-level, half-rack design allows you to cook in different techniques at different temperatures all at the same time.

Kontrol Tower Top Vent: Other than being rustproof, this all-aluminum top vent keeps the precise air setting throughout the opening and closing of the dome meaning no heat is lost. It is also resistant to all types of weather so you don’t have to worry when you leave it outside in the rain.

Air lift hinge: With just a finger, you can now lift the Kamado Joe Big Joe II dome as the air lift hinge reduces its weight by a whopping 96% as well as make it stay at whichever position you want. Other kamado grills usually let the dome slam or fall during opening and closing.

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AMP firebox: The clever design of the patented AMP firebox features five ceramic pieces that can contract and expand without cracking. You can increase the heat to cook your pizza or steak without having to worry about replacing this part. 

Wire mesh fiberglass gasket: This newly released double-thick gasket can handle extreme temperatures and keep an air-tight seal. This industry’s first heat technology is ten times more durable than any other industry gasket.

Stainless steel latch: The Big Joe II stainless steel latch is an ultra-tight seal that self activates immediately when you close the lid to keep the heat in.

Warranty

The Kamado Joe warranty does not apply unless you have registered your grill. All ceramic parts of the Big Joe II are covered for life as long as the original buyer owns the grill. All metal and cast iron parts have a warrant of up to 5 years. Heat deflectors, pizza stones, and ceramic plates have a three-year warranty while the gasket and thermometer have a one-year warrant each.

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Cooking Area (sq in)
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Burger Count
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Ease of Set Up
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Verdict

If you are looking to purchase a reliable and sturdy grill that you can use for years then the Kamado Joe Big Joe II would be the grill to go for. This 3 in 1 grill, smoker, and oven will perfectly sear your meat on high heat, cook homemade pizzas, and smoke your briskets effortlessly.

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