Is a Blaze Kamado Worth It?
The word Kamado has a Japanese origin, which means "stove" or "cooking range," and was used to refer to "a place for the cauldron."
Americans were introduced to Kamados after World War II, but now it's a popular grilling technique all over the country.
However, modern Kamados have evolved from their original form, and some new variants are available in the market. Let's compare their ancient construction with today's modern configuration.
History & Evolution of the Kamado
Kamado's origin dates back to China, when people developed a unique cooking device some thousand years ago. The traditional Kamado was an oval-shaped urn or an egg-like vessel made of clay or ceramic. It had excellent insulation and temperature control due to the thick, heavy ceramic walls.
The Chinese used it to cook rice, but the device was then imported to Japan, where they named it Kamado and used it for cooking other items.
Today, Kamados have evolved and are made of ceramic, refractory ceramic, porcelain, steel, and aluminum.
And one particular brand specializes in making quality aluminum Kamados – Blaze. The company introduced the industry's first Kamado grill made out of 3cm thick solid cast aluminum!
But is it worth buying? Let's study its construction and functionality in detail.
The company offers just one Kamado grill in its charcoal grills category. The product is named Blaze 20″ Cast Aluminum Kamado, and it has the following features.
Blaze Kamado Review
In terms of material, the Blaze BLZ 20 Kamado is made of aluminum and steel, while regular Kamado grills are made of ceramic.
The aluminum-steel body adds to the extraordinarily long life of the grill. Plus, it also makes cleaning and upkeep relatively easy.
Moreover, though aluminum and steel are strong, they are lighter than ceramic. That is why, where large ceramic Kamados weigh more than 200 pounds, the Blaze Aluminum Kamado stands at 161 pounds.
The Blaze Kamado has a 1 ¼" thick cast-aluminum body, which makes the grill incredibly durable.
The grill has an exhaust cap on the top of its lid that helps control the heat and stabilize the inside temperature. The temperature can be seen on the thermometer installed in the lid body.
Inside the lid, the Kamado itself has three levels of grill grates. The upper grating has a 20-inch diameter, meaning an ample 314 sq. inches area is available for cooking. In addition, this top-level grating is hinged on both sides, which allows for convenient fuel (charcoal or wood) refilling.
Moving downwards, you get the second level of grill grates which have an 18-inch diameter. This level is also used for cooking but with a heat shield, rotisserie, or dripping pan. Then comes the last level, which is used for keeping charcoal or wood, whatever you prefer.
Interestingly, all grill grates are 12mm thick stainless steel grates. Owing to the thickness and great steel quality, the grates maintain their strength for a very long time.
The grill has a small ash pan at the bottom for easy ash removal on the outer body.
Finally, the BLZ-20 Kamado has three cast aluminum and steel feet that help stabilize the Kamado and keep it anywhere you want.
Tongue and Groove Seal
However, the most significant feature of the Blaze Kamado's construction is its lid's tongue and groove seal. This intelligent design eliminates the need for the usual gasket or rubber ring, saving the body from wear and tear.
Moreover, this allows for an exceptional seal with no seepage and excellent temperature control.
The Blaze Kamado offers an excellent temperature range of 200 to 750 Fahrenheit. The temperature range and the two levels of grills make it an ideal partner for all sorts of cooking:
- Slow cooking
- Rotisserie Grilling
- Wood-fired Oven Baking
This means you can enjoy all sorts of food, including steaks, burgers, smoked veggies, and even baked items like pizza, bread, lasagna, and much more.
The grills have decent spacing in terms of functionality to allow for air circulation and heat transfer for uniform heating throughout the cooking surface.
Moreover, the removable ashtray makes it easy to clean the grill during live BBQ and allows you to carry out 10 to 15 sessions in one go.
Overall, it's a high-performing Kamado that offers an excellent cooking experience.
Even with a strong build and innovative design, the company has made further efforts to improve the users' grilling experience.
It offers a range of additional accessories, which include:
This rotisserie kit allows you to increase your cooking options and roast whole chicken or turkeys in your Blaze Kamado. However, the kit is used with the Blaze Kamado Basket & Drip Pan to cook food with indirect heat. This cooking style helps the food retain its natural flavor.
Plus, you don't need to worry about the dripping juices and fats; the pan catches them all and prevents them from falling into the fire. You'll use the delicious meat juices for your next smokey sauce if you are a creative chef!
Anyhow, the rotisserie comes with a waterproof 220V motor, which is enclosed in a stainless steel cover to withstand harsh outdoor elements.
- Blaze 4 in 1 Cooking Plate
This stainless steel cooking plate serves in four ways:
- It can be used as a heat shield for indirect grilling, smoking, and slow cooking.
- It has a 38-cm diameter enough to set pots or Dutch ovens for adding smoke to
your sauces or other dishes.
- The plate also provides an alternate for pizza stones and helps cook a crispy pizza crust.
- Additionally, the plate serves as a griddle for preparing smash burgers or getting a nice
sear on your steaks and veggies.
This stainless steel cart safely houses the Blaze Kamado grill. Its heavy-duty caster wheels allow for easy movement on your patio or deck.
The cart is strong and durable and can withstand outdoor environments.
You can separately buy-side shelves and handles for your Blaze Kamado.
The side shelves add another 30-40 cm of space to hold your grilling tools or serving plates.
On the other hand, the Blaze Kamado handles make it easy to lift and move your Kamado anywhere you like.
To the surprise of many, Blaze offers a lifetime warranty for its Kamado. This clearly shows how confident is the company about the product.
So, one can believe that all of its construction is done from pure cast aluminum and heavy-duty steel.
So, is it worth it?
The Blaze Kamado's heavy-duty construction, convenient design, intelligent seal, and lifetime warranty can make anybody fall in love with it. Plus, it allows you to enhance your range of cooking styles and cook whatever you want to feed your guests.
So, do we recommend it?
Absolutely! It's worth every cent!
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