Luxury Review - Komodo Kamodo Grill
Jun 24, 2013 09:46AM
● By Mike
Whatever kamodo-style grill you’ve seen before — the Big Green Egg being the most popular — the aptly named Komado Kamodo will likely put it to shame. A product of years of research and development, the ultimate in kamodo grilling is available, and it’s housed in a striking exterior that is sure to complement and enhance the outdoor space it calls home.
Designer Denniss Linkletter, a Laguna Beach native who now lives in Indonesia, discovered this ceramic grill overseas about 20 years ago. For 10 years, he went about learning all things kamodo. He found the device’s common flaws and set about correcting them, while still capitalizing on the grill’s strengths.
Dennis’ incarnation of the ceramic grill, the Komodo Kamodo offers top-of-the-line grilling that even he admits is over-engineered and over-designed. But for the grilling aficionado, the man or woman who wants perfection every time, this ultimate in high-performance grilling is well worth the price.
Starting at the top, the Komodo’s lid, weighty by design, utilizes a spring-loaded operation: Once unlatched, the lid lifts up and stays that way, all on its own. Each piece inside the grill’s body features the highest quality design and construction. The stainless steel grill and all parts are laser cut to precision. The two-layer refractory shell is constructed using industrial grade materials — the same used for high-temperature containment for blast furnaces in nuclear facilities. At the base of the grill, you will find a two-piece firebox — most ceramic grills come with one-piece fireboxes — ensuring that the most common problem associated with these popular wonders, a split or cracked firebox, will not plague Komodo owners.
Increasing heat retention and decreasing airflow was at the forefront of Linkletter’s mind when creating the Komodo, ensuring juicy, evenly (and efficiently) cooked food every time. The less fuel the grill uses, the less air that circulates and the less moisture that is lost in the cooking processes. The smoker option offers a even, low pace to turn out consistently delicious meats every time, and that’s to say nothing of the ability to cook rotisserie-style with the lid closed, something unseen in previous ceramic grills. As for the design, each grill is offered in a variety of exterior materials, from bronzed round pebbles to nondescript square black tiles to our favorite, a variety of aqua hues.
Over here at Southlake Style, we like our grills big and bad, so we love the Big Bad 32-inch Komodo Kamodo (seen here), offering 12 square feet of grilling space on four levels. The unit weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, so don’t expect to be frequently moving it around the deck. Less ambitious grillers can enjoy the line’s flagship Ultimate 23-inch grill. Still too much of a commitment? The designer has a limited number of 19.5-inch tabletop grills available on the website — excellent additions to any outdoor kitchen — with plans to release more very soon.
Big Bad 32-Inch: $5,910–$6,100
Ultimate 23-Inch: $4,260–$4,480
32” 954 pounds
23” 668 pounds
32” 1,826 sq”