Hello my grilling friends!
It is with great pleasure that I officially as of this evening announce the kick off to a series I have created appropriately titled “Stairway To Kamado Heaven”! Call it one part Zeppelin fascination and second part absolute obsession over the kamado cooker. In the Fall of 2010 I took delivery of yet another kamado styled cooker onto my deck here in Wakefield, Quebec Canada. Another kamado yes, but not just any kamado!
This work of art is called Komodo Kamado (www.komodokamado.com) and it has proven to me since that fateful day to be a game changer in this uber niche category surrounded by a much larger industry called BBQ.
As the kamado cooker gains huge momentum thanks in part to companies like The Big Green Egg who for the record have been around for over three decades now in the North American market touting their “space aged” ceramic advantage, it has been Mr. Dennis Linkletter infact, principle owner at Komodo Kamado who has been able to educate and inspire me over the last two years as I test and learn to use his product on the real differences between his creation in contrast to the various other products that make up this market and the differences my friends are in a word, massive!
Essentially there are two schools of technology out there today as it relates to the tops and bases of these cookers. First, you have the ceramic based kamado models that range in price from $500-$1500 depending on what brand you decide to invest in. Then you have the refractory based products of which there are only two that we know of in the world today and Komodo Kamado were first to the plate eight years ago with this technology. Kamado Joe http://www.kamadojoe.com/ is the other player in the ceramic and refractory race currently and they have just launched their “Pro Joe” cooker that won a “Vesta” award for innovation at the HPBA Show held every year in various parts of the USA.
I have yet to see and experience the “Pro Joe” product but I do hear on good authority that it is yet another innovative and beautifully designed invention but more on this later. “Stairway To Kamado Heaven” is my attempt at painting a much clearer picture for anyone and everyone out there who want to get the facts without the fiction on the real differences between the Komodo Kamado and the other ceramic based earthen vessels that exist on todays market. All my comparisons will be made in contrast to the Big Green Egg large model for no other reason than they are, with all due respect, the market leader in the ceramic based kamado category.
At first, my objective was to simply shoot a video based project but then I thought why not add additional content in conjunction with my video’s to my blog as well and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
The title for this series came about because of the pure inspiration and excitement that this Komodo Kamado product has given me and having cooked with it now for close to two years, it has taught me a great deal about the owner and the passion that has gone into its design. You could say that once you get the opportunity as I have had and feel very fortunate for that to cook with this vessel it feels very much like an ascension to a higher place as it relates to function, design, innovation and esthetic.
Its important to mention I have been cooking, grilling, baking and roasting on kamado styled vessels for well over a decade now and I am not financially bound to any one specific brand. As of 2012 I have re-entered into selling a variety of kamado cookers and my research and time spent with virtually all the notable brands on the global market today have provided me an opportunity to create my own brand which I hope you will explore further on my site.
Without any further ado I give you all Stairway To Kamado Heaven!
Feed your fires and desires to take all your grilling games higher!