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Primo Extra-Large Oval Charcoal Grill

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for a nice picnic


from USA

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  • Easy Assembly
  • Easy To Cleanup
  • Easy To Use
  • Even Heat
  • Great Design
  • Short Grill Time


    Best Uses

    • For Self/Couple

    Comments about Primo Extra-Large Oval Charcoal Grill:

    for a nice picnic this is the tool you need, to spend a nice time with your lovers persons, and no more spending time on griling food.. should have one

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    This grill improves the flavor of any food you like


    from USA

    Comments about Primo Extra-Large Oval Charcoal Grill:

    The only bad thing about the Primo grill is that it is heavy to get set up at your house. Everything else is great. Grab a friend or two and reward them with the best burgers (or pizza) in town to celebrate your new grill. You use lump charcoal that I start with an electric element or you can use one of the cans with newspaper (no lighter fluid allowed, which also helps to improve your flavor)

    The grill maintains even heat with the dampers and retains moisture in everything from steaks to salmon. I usually do fish on a cedar plank that has been soaked in water. Pork or steaks cook smoothly and I always cook extra because reheated smells just as good and will always draw a crowd into the break room at work. The divider for the coals is an added plus for slowly smoking larger cuts.

    Do try to catch the temperature on the way up by closing off the dampers because it can take some time for it to cool off back to 350/400 where I cook most things. A little sliver moon on top vent and barely open bottom (1/2 inch) will keep mine going at 225-250 F for many hours for smoking a pork shoulder (or ham). 550 or more only takes half open vents it you want to try a butter covered steak that shames any restaurant in town.

    Easy to get started (~15-20 minutes) to get charcoal from bag to glowing and grill will be hot.

    Any meat, any time.

    Ease of Use
    Ashes can wait through a couple of fires because lump charcoal leaves little residue. NOT A TRAVEL GRILL unless your permanently mount on your RV or truck some way.

    Ease of Cleaning
    Cleaning most any grill is a pain but the easiest way to keep your Primo is to scrub with brass brush while still hot and then empty the ashes after cool.

    Do cover the top vent with a can or something (i use a dog water bowl) if out in weather. If left for months in weather without use mold can grow in it. Not a problem since the fix is to build a hot fire and then scrub grill again.

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    Excellent ceramic grill made in the USA - Primo Oval.


    from southern, NC

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    Comments about Primo Extra-Large Oval Charcoal Grill:

    Primo is a ceramic outdoor cooker. It's much like the Big Green Egg which is enjoying a lot of buzz lately. In fact, the products are quite similar but Primo goes with an oval shape which means a little more grilling or cooking space especially in this extra large model.

    Ceramic grills or cookers are not traditional grills. They take a convection approach to captitalize on the heat retention of the ceramic body. They really are like little outdoor ovens. But, the fuel is charcoal, so you get that smoked flavor. Natural lump charcoal is used in ceramics (because it burns hotter and longer with less ash to clean out). So, do not expect the old school charcoal flavor with this or any other ceramic.

    As far as the grilling, Primo has enough heat to nicely grill steaks and burgers without them tasting baked rather than grilled. But, you can do so much more with a convection ceramic. They are, for example, super for outdoor pizza, since the temps can go up really high - much higher than most home ovens.

    One thing I'd note is that ceramic cookers are heavy. Really heavy. I needed the boys to get mine set up. But, when you get the Primo in the stand with wheels, then it can be moved around on flat surfaces. Again, I'd need help if getting over a drop off like steps.

    Plan to spend a little more to get accessories for this or any ceramic cooker. The side tables, for example, are super handy and make for a nicer set up than having a separate unattached table. A grill pizza stone is also a good buy if you do like outdoor brick oven tasting pizza.

    One thing I especially like about Primo is that it's made in the USA. That's a good thing and means jobs for folks during a bad economy.

    I use loads of different grills and smokers (and this is kind of a combination), because I own the web site **Yes You Can Grill** which is packed full of grilling recipes and tips for all kinds of outdoor cookers. It's a fun hobby, and I have a blast playing around with so many different grills.  


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