The Bottom Line
Saffire builds a bigger kamado that most. This 23-inch diameter grill has 415 square inches of cooking space which is comparable to the Big Green Egg XL and sells for a similar price at around $1,200USD depending on where you buy it. What is does is add some extra features some of which are unique to this product. For instance, this ceramic grill has a "port" in the side of the body into which wood chips can be added without having to lift out the cooking grate or even open the lid.
While limited in distribution Saffire is a good grill that warrants looking at.
- Ceramic shell holds heat for even cooking
- Excellent ventilation gives you great heat control
- Works great as a smoker
- Can be shut down to snuff out remaining charcoal
- $1,200 price tag
- Has an innovative chip feeding port, but it requires additional equipment
- 23 inch diameter cooking surface (415 square inches)
- Top vent cap is cast stainless steel - Bottom vent stainless steel
- Ceramic body with enameled steel parts
- Stainless steel cooking grates
- Spring loaded lid for easy lifting
- Smoke chip access port in the body of the grill
- Made in China by Saffire Grills
Guide Review - Saffire Kamado Bronze Class Grill and Smoker
When Saffire hit the marketplace they choose not to go toe to toe with the biggest selling Kamado Grill on the market, the Big Green Egg Large. While Eggs come in various sizes it is the 18-inch that sells the best and the size you find across every manufacturer.
Saffire comes in a 23-inch size which is substantially larger. They also sought to add better quality features. This grill, for instance, has a cast stainless steel vent cap so no worry about it rusting and getting locked up by corrosion.
One of the new features with this grill line that I really like is the small access port in the body of the grill.
This port seals tight so that air doesn't leak, maintaining the excellent airflow. What this port allows for is the addition of wood chips (relatively small of course) to the fire while cooking without lifting the lid. This is actually a pretty cool feature. The only problem is that while the grill comes standard with the port built in, the tool for actually adding the chips is an optional item, costing around $40USD. I'm willing to bet that an inventive person could figure out how to use this feature without paying extra, but I believe that if you are going to add something this innovative, that it shouldn't require optional equipment to make it work.
Saffire holds down production costs by building their grills in China, but the overall quality is comparable to similar grills. This is everything one would expect from a good Kamado Grill in the way of temperatures ranges (200 to 800 degrees F/95 to 425 degrees C), a quick start and shutdown, and excellent control. For those looking for a larger sized ceramic grill, this is definitely one worth taking a look at.