The Mushikamado Ceramic Grill.
Inspired by the mushikamado, the ancient Japanese clay rice cooker invented 2,000 years ago to steam grains over an open fire, this is the ceramic kamado grill that retains more heat and provides greater control of temperature than typical grills. Unlike metal grills that allow heat to escape through the walls, the kamado's ceramic construction promotes radiant cooking; heat emanates from the firebox, hits the ceramic walls, and reflects back to the center of the grill, ensuring efficient use of fuel and less time waiting for steaks to cook. The 1"-thick walls create a thermos-like effect that maintains internal temperatures up to 750° F, yet keep the exterior cool to the touch. Opening the damper on the lid and the vent on the bottom of the grill increases the flow of air through the cooking vessel and raises the internal temperature (ideal for searing steaks), while constricting them lowers the internal heat to extend the life of briquettes, hardwood charcoal, or woodchips-optimal for slow cooked barbecue. The 19 1/2"-Diam. grill grate accommodates up to 12 N.Y. strip steaks or a whole turkey, and is made from 304 stainless steel that provides more durability than porcelain-coated grates. Two folding side shelves are made from naturally antimicrobial bamboo and provide 230" sq. each for food preparation or utensil storage. Spring-loaded hinges on the lid promote gentle closing of the grill, and the temperature gauge on the exterior provides precise readings. Wheeled legs ensure ease of mobility. 48" H x 24" W x 24" D. (160 lbs.)