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Overview

The Kamado smoker is based on an ancient Japanese design. It's one of the most versatile smokers out there as it can grill, bake and operate like a regular oven as well as smoke. You can cook pizza or steam rice on a kamado, as well as smoking meat to your heart's content. They have a simple design and are easy to use, making them one of the best smokers out there.

Steps

1Remove the grill plate

Open lid and, using a tool, lift the grill plate off to access the charcoal chamber.

Person pouring hot charcoal briquettes into a kamado smoker

2Add lit charcoal briquettes

Using a chimney, pour your lit charcoal briquettes into the chamber. (You'll want to use half to a full chimney depending on the amount you are cooking.)

3Let the grill plate come to temperature

Place your grill plate back on. For grilling, just let your plates come up to temperature and you're ready to go.

4Regulating the temperature

You can control the heat levels through your cook using the vents on the top and bottom of the unit. Open the vents to increase airflow and temperature. Close to reduce and completely shut to extinguish.

Person adjusting the intake vent on a kamado smoker

5Find your perfect barbecue or smoker

Ready to get started barbecuing or smoking your favourite food? Check out some our recipes and ideas to get you started. Or, take a look at our great range of barbecues and smokers and you'll be cooking in no time!

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.