Ask any owner of a Kamado grill and they’ll passionately rave about them until you can no longer stand it, however there is one minor flaw that’s common among all Kamado brands that they might not necessarily be so quick to tell you about: cooking in the elements can sometimes be a pain in the butt.
If you’re already familiar with the top vent design of Kamado grills (click here, if not), you know that it needs to remain open, at least to some degree, to allow for proper air circulation and temperature control. The problem, obviously is that when it rains or snows, you’re obviously going to have some of the precipitation find it’s way through the vent openings unless you’re lucky enough to have the grill placed under cover.
Well, I’m here today to tell you that the good folks over at Perfect BBQ Tek have solved the all-weather grilling and smoking problem by designing a clever chimney cap that fits over the top vent of your Kamado and shields it from that pesky precipitation that could potentially ruin your cook.
Introducing the Kamado Chimney Cap by Perfect BBQ Tek
Crafted from 5052 aluminum sheet metal (thus providing superior corrosion resistance), the Kamado chimney cap from Perfect BBQ Tek provides the cover your Kamado’s top vent needs to shed the elements and protect your succulent meats and veggies from being ruined by a rogue rain storm.
Installation takes mere seconds. Simply remove your Kamado’s top vent, place the chimney cap on, and then place the top vent back on the Kamado, effectively sandwiching the chimney cap between the top vent and Kamado dome.
I had no trouble opening the daisy wheel on my Kamado Joe with the chimney cap in place. Although it didn’t open the full 100% before rubbing against the side of the cap, it was pretty close and I didn’t have any trouble reaching temperatures in excess of 600F while it was installed.
Could you imagine if you’re cooking a pizza (and therefore running the top vent fully opened) and then a torrential downpour comes out of nowhere and completely drenches your pie? I know you folks down in Florida or other humid parts of the U.S know what I’m talking about!
Well, the simplicity of the curved shape of the Perfect BBQ Tek chimney cap now makes your fear irrelevant. Rain simply runs down the side of the Kamado leaving your pizza and its delicate toppings dry and completely intact. And again, due to almost the full ability to completely open the daisy wheel, searing temperatures can be reached without issue when the cap is in place.
As you can see from the photo below, the chimney cap is cut nearly perfectly to ensure a proper fit when the top vent is placed on top of the cap. In my testing, there was about a 1/16th of an inch in extra room which gave the cap a bit of play, but it was still snug enough to ensure it didn’t come toppling off when the dome was opened.
The Perfect BBQ Tek chimney cap is available for the following Kamado grills and retails for $32.95:
- Big Green Egg
- Kamado Joe
- Big Joe
- Primo Ceramic Grills
- Oval Jr
- Oval XL
So in summary, if you’re unable to put your Kamado under cover and don’t want to risk your food being ruined by rogue rain storms, this chimney cap is a no-brainer. It’s solidly built, will last decades without rusting, and is custom cut to ensure a proper fit for your specific Kamado model.
Purchase your Perfect BBQ Tek chimney cap now!
If you’d like to get your hands on one of these chimney caps, then you’re in luck because Perfect BBQ Tek has kindly agreed to give one away to one lucky Kamado Jim reader!
Simply use the Raffle Copter widget below to enter the contest. Should you be selected as the random winner, you’ll have your pick of a chimney cap that’s custom fitted to one of the following Kamados: Big Green Egg (MiniMax, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL), Kamado Joe (Big Joe and Classic Joe), or Primo (Oval Jr and Primo Oval XL).
You can enter the giveaway in four different ways:
- Like Kamado Jim on Facebook
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- Tweet about this giveaway (worth 2 additional entries and can be done daily!)
- Leave a comment and tell me which brand of Kamado you have and why you picked it over other brands (worth 2 additional entries!)
Best of luck and happy all-weather grilling and smoking to the Perfect BBQ Tek chimney cap winner!
Perfect BBQ Tek provided me with a chimney cap to review for this post. If the winner of the giveaway chooses to receive a Kamado Joe Classic Joe chimney cap, I will mail them the unit I was given to review. If the winner of the giveaway choose any other style / size, Perfect BBQ Tek will mail it.
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Good morning. I have a Kamado Joe classic. I went with the KJ due to the accessories included with the unit. Purchasing them separately would easily add a couple hundred dollars to the price of the grill.
Kamado Joe because of warranty.
Mark Cabana says
I started with a Akorn at my campsite, loved it sooo much that I needed a Kamado for home, so I bought a black Kamado Joe Classic, and now yesterday the Akorn Jr went on clearance at Walmart Canada for 98$ so I ordered one. I may have a Kamado problem 😉
I went with komando joe for the warantee.
Yoshifumi Itoh says
I used to use weber kettle, but I really wanted to do low and slow BBQ. I was considering weber smoker, but realised that Kamado Cooker was far better to do it. So, I switched my effort to find the best Kamado Cooker for me. I ended up buying Kamado Joe Classic this year because of its reputation, standard accessories come with kit, and innovative cooking system such as divide and conquer. If you consider all of these, there are no comparison! Only problem I have is cooking in rain as you describe here, and Kaman chimney cap would solve this! SS Vent caps from Smokeware is another one with different approach, but they do not have the one that fits Kamado Joe yet although they claim that they will be shipping soon….
I went with the Big Joe because of the crazy price I paid last Saturday at the Factory scratch & dent sale. I had already planned on getting one but this push me out the door.