Kamado Joe Classic I Review

Kamado Joe Classic I Review

Are you in the market for a new grill? If so, you may want to consider investing in a Kamado Joe Classic. This grill is made of ceramic and is designed to withstand high temperatures, making it perfect for smoking meats or cooking vegetables. In Kamado Joe Classic I review, we’ll take a closer look at the features and benefits of the Kamado Joe Classic I. So, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to purchase this grill, read on! You may just change your mind.

Are you in the market for a new grill? If so, you may be wondering if a Kamado Joe Classic is the right choice for you. In Kamado Joe Classic I review, we’ll take a look at some of the key features of this grill and help you decide if it’s the right fit for your needs. Keep reading to learn more!

Kamado Joe Classic I Review

Kamado Joe Classic I: Features 

User Friendly:

When you want to cook for a crowd, this two-tier multi-level 18″ grate is perfectly designed to provide the versatility that’s needed. 

Kontrol Tower’s vent is made of cast iron, lets your smoker do what it does best while providing an easy access point on both levels – perfect! 

Ashtray is designed in a sliding form and tool hooks included make cleanup quick & convenient too so whatever fun occasions await can start as soon as possible

Two foldable racks on either side designed for you to hook up tools, attached at each end of this sturdy frame work great as extra storage space when not in use – making sure nothing goes wasted on food preparation time either!


In this Kamado Joe Classic I review, we mention the construction of Kamado. These fireboxes are made from high-quality materials that will last the longest.

They have a thick, heat resistant ceramic shell with stainless steel grates for ultimate durability and longevity in your kitchen! 

The felt gasket makes sure it’s airtight so there won’t be any leaks when you cook on these pans which is great because cast iron ones can get brittle over time without sealing properly first.

Even though they’re designed to stay together better due their weighty nature (6 pieces!), accidents do happen sometimes but luckily we’ve got some nifty locking wheels available too

Included extras:

The grill gripper will help you maintain your sanity when it comes time to clean out the fire pit. 

The ash tool has been known as a lifesaver many times before, helping us get rid of all those pesky little bits that accumulate over months or years without hassle!

Kamado Joe Classic I: Comprehensively Review


With a heat-resistant porcelain exterior and thick walled ceramic body, the Classic I Kamado is built to last. It can withstand bad weather conditions without compromising performance thanks in part from its high quality materials that allow for 360 degree cooking across all parts of your BBQ pit!

Kamado Joe has created an innovative design that will save you money and headaches in the long run. The bottom part of their AMP (Advanced Multi-Panel) firebox is made up of one piece, but it’s prone to breaking because they hold such a hot flame! So instead of having just one large solid sheet with no room for expansion or contraction at all – which would be very bad if something were too close nearby- they split this component into 6 removable pieces so there’s always space available whether you cooking on high heat mode or low. This way nothing gets wasted when things get close together as well as protects against possessions burning down around us.

Whether you’re cooking at home or out on the grill, these stainless steel grates will keep your food safe from harm. They’re easy to maintain and clean with their high quality construction that has been durable for years! But don’t forget about how great this product comes equipped as well: two tiered Divide And Conquer Cooking System means more options when it comes time share what everyone is preparing – no need get stuck without ideas because there’s plenty here waiting just in case someone likes something else than usual today.

The Divide and Conquer method is perfect for those who want the flexibility of cooking different dishes at various distances from heat source. It lets you sear meats close to a fire while still being able grill some sides further away, adding more variety in your meal preparation!

The Classic I kamado has a felt gasket that does an adequate job of holding in the heat and smoke, but it’s not as good when compared with mesh fiberglass ones from II or III ranges.

Grilling Performance

In this Kamado Joe Classic I review, we also mention the grilling performance of Kamado. To cook your food as well and tasty it is important that you have the right equipment. One of these pieces would be a good quality grill, such has KJ’s Classic I because not only does this model produce low ash but also offers simple grilling with its one touch operation making for an easy meal prep experience.

With the grill marks being on point, you can get it nice and hot before putting your food onto of them. And then when they turn out just how we want them too…it’s almost impossible not to smile!

And now for something completely different. The Do Joe replacement ceramic lid is not just good at radiating heat onto your food, but also works as an excellent baking and roasting pan! So next time you want to make pizza without all those pesky little bubbles form on top because of soggy dough – this will fix that problem too with no issues whatsoever thanks in part from its amazing skill set which includes being able “to turn out a perfect steak”.

Smoking Performance

What’s more rewarding than smoking on the Kamado Joe Classic I? It’s easy to use, without needing much babysitting. In this Kamado Joe Classic I review, let’s see its smoked performance.

You need to transform your smoker into the perfect environment for smoking with these heat deflector plates. They’re made of durable stainless steel, and they hold onto warmth well so that once you get it at just about any temperature level desired by barbecuing enthusiasts everywhere (medium-high), there’ll be little effort needed in maintaining said setting – no matter how long cooking lasts!

The Kontrol Vent is a great option for those on the go who want to take their sprinklers with them. It’s made of high-quality material and can withstand rain or wind without being damaged, making this product stand out from other models in its class! The price isn’t bad either – especially when compared side by Side against products that do offer more features but lack one important thing: durability so you don’t have worry about damaging your investment while traveling abroad.

When smoking on the Classic I, or any other heavy-sided ceramic kamado make sure not to overheat it! The walls are so thick that if you do then there’s a good chance of overheating and taking longer than usual for your grill get back down low.


In addition to the content that we have introduced, in this Kamado Joe Classic I review, we also mention the capacity of Kamado. The Kamado Joe Classic I is a great choice for anyone who wants to cook small quantities of food at one time. With its 18-inch cooking grate, this unit can hold up 256 square inches worth or steaks and burgers – more than enough space in my opinion!

This big, beautiful grill is perfect for any kitchen. It has five independent cooking systems that can be customized to your needs with the Divide and Conquer Cooking System—so you’ll have more than one option available! You could set up two full grates (you’ll need buy another half plate) in addition an optional expander pack if needed which takes its maximum total space up around 660 sq inches .

With the Classic I, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to how much space there is. The only limit would be its width and length measurements for this particular model- which means that anything can fit!

The Classic I is perfect if you want to smoke whole briskets and host a party at the same time.

Optional Extras

In this Kamado Joe Classic I review we also mention the option extras of Kamado. You can cook just about anything on the Kamado Joe Classic I.

But if like adding extra pieces of equipment over time and enjoy being able do so then there is an awesome range available from KJ which will suit your needs perfectly!

The Classic I is a great addition to any home kitchen. It has all of the features that you could need, including pizza stones and grill cover! 

You can also turn this into an excellent rotisserie cook by adding one extra piece – JoeTisserie.

With the help of some new technology, you can now cook your favorite pizza at home with ease. The DoJoe is an open-platform oven that allows for easy access and monitoring from anywhere in its range using WiFi enabled devices like iKamand or SloRoller included as extras on top models when purchased along side classics such as smokers which are perfect if this isn’t something brand new but rather just another upgrade!

Cleaning the Kamado Joe Classic I

If you’re looking for the easiest type of barbecue to clean, then ceramic kamados are for sure your preferred choice. They just require some scrape down and emptying out after use! The slide out ash tray makes this process much easier than other barbecues that have hidden Ash trays or need special tools like sifters (and those can get messy).

Maintaining your grill requires that you do a more rigorous cleaning every year or so depending on how often they’re being used – but don’t worry because this type doesn”t require nearly as much work than other styles do.

Included Extras

In addition to the content that we have introduced, in this Kamado Joe Classic I review we also mention the includes extras of Kamado. With all of the different cooking options available on a Kamado Joe, you’ll be able to grill anything from appetizers and meats right down through desserts. You don’t even need any extra supplies!

With the Divide and Conquer Grate, Ash Tool included in this smoker’s kit you’ll have everything to maintain your cool while cooking.

The Classic II comes standard with all of these items including heat deflectors as well!

You’ll want to protect your outdoor furniture from the weather and you might even be able get a cover as well! This one is great because it comes with an I plus model, meaning there are multiple uses for them.

Warranty and Customer Service

Let’s talk about the warranty and customer service in Kamado Joe Classic I review. We know you have a lot of trust in our Kamado Joe quality. And, if that’s not enough for ya here is the warranty!

With a limited lifetime warranty, the Classic I offers protection for as long you own it. The 5 year metal parts are covered by three years of use and one more on thermometer gasket from date manufacturer’s sale ends to prevent any future issues with that part!

And, Kamado Joe has a stellar reputation for customer service. They are great and it’s clear that they know how to take care of their customers!

Pros of the Kamado Joe Classic I

– It’s a high quality product that is affordable.

– You get everything you need to smoke, bake, grill and roast. 

– It has an expandable capacity so it can grow with your needs. 

– You can cook multiple items at different temperatures simultaneously.

– The grill has a precision temperature control system.

– The cooking grates are made of stainless steel for durability.

Cons of the Kamado Joe Classic I

– The lid of this model tends to be very heavy.

– The felt gasket will need to be replaced after a few years of use.

Kamado Joe Classic I: Key Features

  • Model: Classic I
  • Barbecue material: Glazed ceramic
  • Fuel type: Charcoal
  • Weight: 188lbs
  • Dimensions: 46.5″ W x 48.5″ H x 30.12″ D
  • Grate material: 304 stainless steel
  • Temperature Range: 225°F – 750°F
  • Cooking capacity: 256 sq. in. but expandable with extra grates and/or grill expander
  • Warranty: 5-Year Warranty on Metal Parts, 3-Year Warranty on Heat Deflector and Pizza Stone, 1-Year Warranty on Thermometer and Gaskets

Some Tips To Get The Most Out Of Kamado Joe Classic I:

In this Kamado Joe Classic I review, we will also give you useful tips in using the Kamado smoker. There are several tips to make life easier when using Kamado Joe Classic I. After spending two years with the same cooker, many owners develop their own techniques for improvement. Here are some of our favorites that will improve your overall cooking experience.

-Make sure to order the proper size chimney starter because you don’t want it to be too small or large. For larger grills, I use a 45qt pot instead of the recommended 30qt pot. The idea here is that you want the chimney starter to sit on top of your grill safely without touching any surface.

-If you are using it for high temperature burning, then make sure to line the bottom with aluminum foil and clear off as much ash as possible before each firing. You can do this after every low and slow cook too! Keeps the ashes from getting all over and makes cleaning up a breeze. If you forget, no worries just do it next time:) This tip works on Kamado Joe Ceramic models as well!

-If you want to start your fire faster, there are two things I do to get it going faster. First, use lighter fluid instead of just a charcoal starter to speed up the process. Second, slightly bury your starter chimney under a few pieces of natural lump charcoal on an open flame.

-To prolong the life of your Kamado Joe firebox, soak down your grill after each cook with water. This will prevent rust from building up! If you have little to no rust at all once you are done cooking, then you can skip this step or place it in indirect heat for 10 minutes.

-To season your cooker before first use and between cooks, lightly coat the inside with vegetable oil using paper towels (no need for soaking). Cooking bacon helps favorite your cooker further.

-I never use the bottom ash pan because it makes it harder to clean after each cook. I typically pour out any hard ash before starting a fire. If you are using lump charcoal, there is no need for this step. However, if you are using natural briquettes, then do this step first! This tip works on Kamado Joe Ceramic models as well!

-If you are having trouble getting consistent temperature throughout your cooker, then place foil balls or aluminum pie plates between the handles of your grill lid to reflect heat back down into the cooking area. I personally have not had any issues with uneven heat distribution so I have not tried this method yet…..gives me an excuse to buy some pie plates though:)

-Keep a tub of water or fire extinguisher nearby when using this grill for the first time just to be prepared! I learned that one before watching my brother burn his front porch down while cooking ribs:). Place your cooker on top of something sturdy and safe like patio bricks. Also keep small children and pets away from it while it’s burning/hot! You can also protect your floor by placing a large piece of plywood underneath the grille. If any coals fall through, they’ll catch on the wood instead of the ground. This tip works on Kamado Joe Ceramic models as well!

-Make sure to buy a good quality cover because these cookers are not cheap!! The few extra bucks to get a good cover will save you tons of money in the long run. The cheapest covers will not offer protection for your expensive investment and will break down within a few months regardless.


FAQs About Kamado Joe Classic I Review

How Do You Use The Kamado Joe?

Use the kamado like any other grill: the more direct heat the better (for burgers, steaks, etc.). Indirect can be used for roasts and longer cooking slower items.

Can You Put Charcoal In The Kamado’s Ash Pan?

Yes, you can use charcoal in your ash pan, but we recommend using fire starters to start them off first on a level surface and then placing the coals in the bottom of your grate and moving it toward your desired heat zone.

Is The Kamado Joe Difficult To Assemble?

In most cases no. In fact, in most cases you can have your Kamado Joe put together in less than 30 minutes!

Will The New Cart For The Junior Fit On A Classic I?

The new wheels will not fit on the classic 1 (only the 2nd generation of kamados). It is ok to use it without, but you may want to lift it when moving around with it.. no one wants their back hurt before summer starts!

How Do I Clean My Kamado?

Use a handheld brush and some warm water to scrub the inside of your kamado, then use 3 or 4 sheets of newspaper to burn off any debris that may remain. It is extremely important that you do not leave ashes in your ash pan for very long as it can lead to rusting/erosion.

How Do You Light The Kamado?

Light the front coals in the ash pan using a match or lighter and have them spread evenly across the bottom of your grill. Open all the dampers completely to allow airflow over the fire and once you have 30-40 hot coals, move them into your desired zone by pulling forward onto they grey grate bars that run from side to side on top of your kamado Joe’s body. Once you have all of your coal in place, close up all 3 dampers halfway and wait about 10 minutes until a light smoky smell appears before cooking–this is called “preheating.” That’s it, you’re ready to grill! For further reading, check out this blog.

What Are The Maintenance Tips For My Kamado?

The best way to keep your kamado in great shape is by cleaning it after each use and re-seasoning the body brick every spring well before grilling season. To clean the interior just use a damp sponge with some soap on it (nothing harsh) and wipe down the interior following any oiling/seasoning or after cooking–if you have some stuck on food particles. You can also us ammonia in addition to soap for an extra deep clean with no residue left behind. If your bricks are not seasoned yet (recommended), this should be done at least once every spring well before grilling season starts again. This will keep rust away until next year and to properly season them, coat evenly with vegetable oil (canola works well), put foil under the edges to catch any drips, then bake at 400-425 degrees for 2 hours. To check out a how-to video, click here .

Will The New Wheels Fit On My Kamado?

The new wheels will not fit on the classic 1 (only the 2nd generation of kamados). It is ok to use it without, but you may want to lift it when moving around with it.. no one wants their back hurt before summer starts! For further reading check out this blog.

What Type Of Wood Is Best To Use For My Kamado?

There is no one answer to this question as it changes depending on how you like your food. We recommend oak, hickory and applewood together for a great barbeque flavor; any hardwood will work well including mesquite (but let’s not go there).

What Type Of Charcoal Or Flavored Wood Chips Should I Use For My Kamado?

We recommend plain light briquettes or lump charcoal that isn’t flavored for your Kamado Joe, but we also love using fruit woods like peach and apple wood for a sweeter taste. Other good choices are: maple, pecan and mesquite all produce a strong smoke-flavored fire.


Conclusion On Kamado Joe Classic I Review

The Kamado Joe Classic I is a high-quality ceramic grill that is perfect for the backyard griller. This grill offers features that are not found on other grills, such as the Divide and Conquer cooking system, which allows you to cook multiple items at once. In Kamado Joe Classic I review, the Kamado Joe Classic I also has an easy-to-use digital controller with a built-in meat probe, so you can ensure your food is cooked perfectly every time. If you’re looking for a durable and versatile grill that will help you take your backyard BBQs to the next level, be sure to check out the Kamado Joe Classic I.

Conclusion paragraph: The Kamado Joe Classic I is a great smoker for anyone looking to get into smoking meat or fish. It’s easy to use and produces great results, making it the perfect starter smoker. If you’re thinking of getting into smoking meats or fish, the Kamado Joe Classic I is definitely worth considering. Thanks for reading our Kamado Joe Classic I review!

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