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Golden's Cast Iron Kamado Review request

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I may eventually be in the market for a second kamado (I own the Blaze aluminum kamado and love it), and wanted to know if anyone owns the Golden's cast iron kamado. If anyone owns this kamado or knows someone with the kamado, would you mind giving an update? I assume that this kamado cooks quite evenly (considering its mass) since my Blaze performers so well. I am a huge fan of anything made of cast iron, but was curious how easy it was to get the Golden's to pizza/searing temperature (600+ degrees). I made pizzas the other night on my blaze and think I did not add enough charcoal for a total of (4) pizzas to stay at 550-600 on a cool night; I blew through all of my charcoal quiskly. Also, has anyone smoked something like a brisket (12 plus hours) and noticed much temperature variance (My blaze does quite well). 

 

Why do I want a second kamado you ask?

1. Because I want to be able to cook multiple meats at different temps at the same time, or perhaps smoke one thing while using the rotisserie on the Blaze.  

2. I want to be able to cook a lot of food (I enjoy cooking for others) 

3. I'm a like a kid with his toys; my toys now revolve around food and beer... 

 

 

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Not sure I've seen anyone post that they own a CI kamado although I think there is a post about them on here somewhere. 

 

As for multiple kamados - most of us understand the need for that. I currently have 3 ;)

 

 

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I own one and love it. Have made pizzas several times that came out great. (full disclosure, I'm part of the company that makes them in Columbus GA!)

 

As for totally independent experiences on Golden's Cast Iron Cooker, you might want to check out some of Lunchman's posts on BBQ-Bretheren. There are others out there as well.

 

Good luck!

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I realize this request for a review of a Goldens' Cast Iron Cooker goes back quite a bit, but I figured I'd start off as a new member of the forum with a review. I've had the grill about a year and a half, ordered directly from the Goldens' Foundry in Columbus GA. Before ordering, I called the folks at Goldens', they graciously answered all my questions about the cooker and I knew that this was a company and family I wanted to do business with. I had some issues with the first grill delivered (all shipping company problems), one of the VPs at Goldens' called me directly and said they were shipping me a new cooker, no questions asked. I don't think I've ever had customer service like that from any company. 

 

Here are some pics of the cooker in my garage shortly after delivery -

 

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Single piece cast iron firebox with the optional divider plate (used for two zone cooks) -

 

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Cast iron half grates. The grates have legs on them, can be turned upside down to get closer to the fire or stacked as in this photo for additional grilling surface. Even with just two grates installed, one can be legs up, the other legs down which allows for a nice reverse sear -

 

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Searing plate / heat diffuser. Similar to a BGE platesetter, but a bit more versatile as it can be used for searing. I've only recently used it for searing, the results were fabulous -

 

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Lower vent control -

 

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Upper vent and thermometer -

 

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Normal grate height -

 

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The usual questions:

 

Does it rust? No. It took all of one cook to season the inside, no worries about it ever rusting. The outside is powder coated, nothing to worry about there either. 

 

Does the outside get hot? Yes, but no hotter than a ceramic Kamado. Don't put your hands on it, but it's not scorching hot where you'd be worried about burns if you touched it.

 

Does it take long to heat up? No longer than a ceramic Kamado. Usually once I light my lump it's ready for cooking in about 20 minutes. 

 

Does it take long to cool down? Nope, within an hour or two it's dropped its temp where it doesn't register on the thermometer.

 

Weight? 330 lbs, plus the cart which is around another 100-125 or so. Easily wheeled around on my deck, but this isn't a cooker you're going to take tailgating. I opted for the smaller of the two carts, I didn't need the larger cart with the side shelves. Goldens' does make a smaller 14" cooker.

 

Diameter: 20.5" cooking surface. Plenty of room.

 

My experience with this cooker has been fantastic. Coming from the Bubba Keg the learning curve was minimal, mainly getting used to the vent controls which took about 2 or 3 cooks. It's easy to cook on and quite versatile. I'll never have to worry about a Humpty Dumpty moment with this cooker. It'll last forever and in 500 years someone will be grilling on it.

 

That's it for this quick review. Any questions, feel free to ask.

 

Regards,

-lunchman

 

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