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Frequently Asked Questions

We have gathered a list of our most frequently asked questions below. We also have a list of futher information on using a Kamado and cooking in ceramics on Kamado's FAQ. You are welcome to contact us with any of your questions that are not answered here: info@electrickamado.com

 

1. Are the Electric Kamados approved where gas and charcoal barbeque grills are restricted by homeowner associations or governmental regulations?
2. Can an Electric Kamado be used as an exclusive charcoal barbeque grill?
3. Can a charcoal Kamado be converted to an Electric Kamado?
4. What is the conversion from watts to btu?
5. What is the conversion from charcoal to BTUs? (31,300 Btus/kg)
6. How long does it take to reach the desire cooking temperature?
7. Why is the EC so heavy?
8. Are all Electric Kamados custom made to order?
9. What is different from cooking in your kitchen oven or broiler?
10. What are the damper top and draft door used for?
11. Is it safe to touch?
12. What is the difference/advantage of ceramic electric Kamado over all the metal electric grills?
13. What is the advantage to 220V?
14. How do you convert 110V outlet to a 220V?
15. Is the Kamado easy to operate?
16. What are the different cooking results in the Kamados manufactured by Kamado Company and the Electric Kamado? 

1. What are the differences cooking results in the Kamados manufactured by Kamado Company and the Electric Kamado? 

All Electric Kamados are NOT restricted by "open flame", gas or charcoal home owner or other law or restrictions.  You can continue to enjoy all the benefits from outdoor barbequing you have enjoyed with charcoal or gas Kamados.  In fact, you will find the cooking results to even be better and much less work dealing with charcoal or gas.

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2. Can an Electric Kamado be used as an exclusive charcoal barbeque grill?

Yes, there is nothing that needs to be done other than remove the electric element and cover or fill the small holes in the wall where the element entered.

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3. Can a charcoal Kamado be converted to an Electric Kamado?

Yes, a charcoal Kamado can be converted by purchasing the electric accessory conversion and a few minutes time.  No extra ordinary tools are necessary.

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4. What is the conversion from watts to btu?

The conversion is not direct, since watts are units of power, while BTU/Hr represents energy per hour of equipment operation. So, in this case, watts will represent the power dissipation of a product.

1 watt = 3.412141633 BTU/Hr  (another says the same thing...1 watt = 3.412 Btu/hr

1 watt = 3.412 Btu per hour

It works both ways, of course:

1 BTU/Hr = 0.29307107 watts

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5. What is the conversion from charcoal to BTUs? (31,300 Btus/kg)

Charcoal is usually sold by volume - per standard bag or basket, per tin or per pile but sometimes directly by weight. If it is sold by weight and is dry (1-15 percent m.c. but on average about 5 percent) then the energy value of the charcoal will be about 33.0 MJ per kilogram (7,890 kcals/kg or 31,300 Btus/kg), or twice that of wood per kg.

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6. How long does it take to reach the desire cooking temperature?

The 240V Electric Kamado model will reach 450 degrees in 5 or 6 minutes and the 120V model will reach 450 degrees in approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  Additional time is normally added to heat soak the heavy thick ceramic walls since the retained heat in the ceramic walls does most of the cooking and provides uniform temperature inside the Electric Kamado

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7. Why is the Electric Kamado so heavy?

There are three main functional reasons that makes the Electric Kamado so heave. First, the thick ceramic walls provides a "thermal mass" which does most of the cooking. It is the electric element, placed inside, which heats the walls. Secondly, the thick heavy walls provides uniform temperature inside the cooking area. Lastly, the ceramic walls retain and radiate the heat long after the heat source is turned off or goes out.

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8. Are all Electric Kamados custom made to order?

Most Electric Kamados are made to order which allows the customer to select the tile color, configuration and accessories that might be desired.

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9. What is different from cooking in your kitchen oven or broiler?

    • The biggest difference is TASTE.  Cooking food in ceramics is "different and better"!

    • Gas is unacceptable as it leaves a petroleum taste in the food.

    •  Electric ovens require a fan for convective heat.  Our Electric Kamado does not require a fan as the heavy thick walls retain and radiate the heat uniformly.

    • Electric ovens require an exhaust vent to the outside loosing moisture and drying out the food.  Electric Kamado chef’s can adjust the damper top and draft door closed so all the moisture and flavor stays in the food as the Kamado is virtually air tight.

    •  Kamado cooks approximately 20% faster with the same internal oven/broiler temperature.

    •  No rotisserie is needed.

    • The food looks, tastes different and better.

    • One cook in the Electric Kamado will prove this!

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10. What are the damper top and draft door used for?

To control the temperature by adjusting the Damper Top and Draft Door to allow more air or less air to increase or decrease the heat inside the cooking chamber.  When the electric temperature controller is not used the opening of the drafts will reduce the temperature inside.  When charcoal or smoking wood chips are added the drafts are opened as desired for temperature increase.

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11. Is it safe to touch?

Even at the highest operating temperatures the exterior surface is safe to touch.  You children can not leave their hands on the surface but will not burn because of the heavy thick ceramic walls.

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12. What is the difference/advantage of ceramic electric Kamado over all the metal electric grills?

    • Cooking in ceramics historically as it is today; it is different and better by keeping the food moist and…..

    • Aesthetics.  Beauty must be a consideration in a condo’s beautiful patio or terrace.  The Kamado sculptured design and tile colors to match the décor.

    • Heavy thick ceramic walls which are over one and one half inch thick keep the electric element heat INSIDE and do not dissipate the heat through thin metal or even thin walled ceramic.

    • Heavy thick ceramic wall provide uniform cooking temperatures.

    • Temperatures from 200F degree low and slow to 700F high broiling temperatures.

    • Safe to touch the exterior.

    • Closed vent cooking (damper top, draft door and lid) keeps the food moist because moisture does not escape through the vents.

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13. What is the advantage to 220V?

The 220V will double the amount power of a standard outlet. Watts equal voltage divded by amps. For example, if you are using 120V wiring and have a 20 amp circuit breaker and an electric element using 1500 watts, you are using 12.5 amps (1500W/120V = 12.5 amps) of the 20 amp power on this circuit. If 220V were used on a 1500W element, only 6.25 amps are used and since there is less amps through the home, 110V wiring it is, therefore, arguing much safer and offsets the danger in careless hanging of 220V power.

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14. How do you convert 110V outlet to a 220V?

Equi=Tech has a great write-up on how to convert a 110V outlet to a 220V.

Often the question is asked: “How can I get more power into my room?”  This support document offers a simple and safe solution that is ideal in many situations where available power is insufficient.  It is not necessary to change or to add more circuit wires to get more power. -- “How to upgrade a 120-volt outlet to 240-volts.

Note:  This procedure is not to be used with “Edison” type circuits (typically where a red and black pair of circuit wires feeding outlets share a single white neutral.)  Check inside the circuit breaker panel to verify the circuit type.  Check to see that only a black (or other colored wire) and white wire are present that feed the outlet to be changed.  A green or bare wire should also be present for proper grounding.  Presence of another colored  wire (often red) run with a black and a white generally indicates an Edison circuit.  However, if there is one white wire for each line conductor in the run between the breaker panel and the plug, this is not an Edison circuit and it is OK to use the following procedure.

1.)  Under ideal conditions, one would select an existing dedicated outlet that is fed from a single circuit breaker. There should be three wires feeding this outlet: a black, white and green wire (sometimes the green wire is bare copper). The color of the hot wire is not important as long as there is a “hot” (120 Volts), a neutral (zero Volts) and a ground wire present. If the selected outlet is dedicated (one outlet on the circuit breaker) skip to step 3.

2.)  If there is a chain of outlets on a circuit, select an outlet that is conveniently located, remove it and the rest of the receptacles on the same circuit in the following manner:

  • Turn off the power.

  • Remove all of the outlets on the circuit and disconnect all of the wires. Check the stripped wire ends for damage or the possibility of wire stress and restrip the wire ends if necessary.

  • Put red tape around all of the white (neutral) wires for safety. Red tape indicates that 240-volts may be present and white is not to be regarded as a neutral to anyone who later might open the outlet box.

  • Using wire-nuts, reconnect by color all of the wires removed from the receptacles-- white to white, black to black, etc. If there are no wires to connect with wire nuts at a particular location, cap off the wires anyway.

  • Cover all of the non-essential outlet boxes with an appropriate blank plate, leaving the selected outlet unfinished for now.

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3.)  At the selected outlet location, using the black white wires for power, install a 20-amp 250-volt receptacle (NEMA 6-20R -- this is the same receptacle used for many 240 Volt window air conditioners.)  First inspect the wires first for physical damage or stress and restrip if necessary. Be sure to properly ground the receptacle.  (Note: It is fine to put sevaral 240-volt outlets on the circuit by repeating this receptacle hookup procedure at any other outlet on the same line.  Just be careful not to overload the circuit with too much current draw from the equipment you intend to use.  Load current is usually specified on the rear panel of most equipment. )

4.)  Locate the appropriate circuit wires in the breaker panel and disconnect both the hot wire from the circuit breaker and the white wire from the neutral buss. Put red tape on the neutral wire.

5.)  Install a 2-pole circuit breaker in the panel with the ampacity rating that is appropriate for the circuit wires (15-amp for #14 gauge, 20-amp for #12 gauge.)

6.)  Attach the black and white circuit wires to the 2-pole breaker, one wire per pole. Restore power to the circuit.

7.)  Replace the breaker panel cover.

This completes the conversion of a 120 Volt receptacle outlet circuit to a 240-volt 15- or 20-amp receptacle outlet with enough power capacity to run a Model 3RQ Equi=Tech rack system (capacity of 30 Amps @ 120 Volts.)

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15. Is the Kamado easy to operate?

Yes, much like your kitchen electric oven/broiler with the same temperature controls.  Most models have temperature control setting from 150 to 750 degrees (for self cleaning).

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16. What are the different cooking results in the Kamados manufactured by Kamado Company and the Electric Kamado? 

Very little difference at all as 85% or more of the cooking is done by the retained heat in the heavy thick ceramic walls which are the same material, formula and design.  The source of heat that heats the K walls can be either charcoal, gas or electricity with much the same effect, which heating the walls.  Often gas and charcoal is turned off or dampers closed on the charcoal Kamado with the cooking done with the retained heat in many baking situations.  Arguably the EK gives the moistest food as the dampers are usually fully closed or “air tight” and ALL the moisture and flavoring stays in the EK.  When a wood chip flavoring or other smoking taste is desired, just ads some wood chips inside the EK which will give the exact flavor.  Even a little charcoal might be desire able.  What ever you or your guest would like is achievable.

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