The Bottom Line
- Large ceramic grill
- Divided firebox for easy indirect grilling
- Quality construction
- Large smoker capacity
- Can be shut down to snuff out remaining charcoal
- Stand sold separately
- 400 square inches of primary cooking area that can be boosted to 680 square inches with optional accessory grates
- Divider for firebox allows for indirect grilling without optional plate setter
- Top vent cap is cast iron - bottom vent is stainless steel
- Heavy ceramic shell holds heat and stops temperature fluctuations
- Reversible porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Spring loaded lid for easy lifting
- Made in the USA by Primo Grills and Smokers
Guide Review - Primo Oval XL Charcoal Grill
The Primo Oval XL is large. With 400 square inches of primary grilling space, it is one of the largest of the ceramic Kamado grills. The thing that makes it unique, however, is the divided firebox. With the oval shape and the larger design you can split the fire down the middle for direct and indirect grilling space without having to work with a diffuser plate (like the Big Green Eggs plate setter, though diffuser plates are available). If you want to smoke a brisket, simply build the fire on one side, adjust the vents to a low and slow arrangement and put on the brisket. You may need to add additional coals once in a while, but when the brisket comes off, you can open up the vents and hit high temperatures for steaks and burgers. This makes the Primo Oval XL a versatile Kamado and a perfect grill for smoking.
Aside from this, the Primo Oval XL has many of the same features of the Big Green Egg. Cast iron top vent, stainless steel bottom vent, porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates (though Primo's are reversible), and a highly insulative ceramic body. While Primo doesn't have the size of the distribution that Big Green Egg has, it does have good customer support and a quality product. Ultimately I would recommend the Primo Oval XL over the Big Green Egg XL and if you are looking for a larger Kamado, I believe this is the one to look at.
The Primo Oval XL will run you around $1,100 for the basic grill. If you want the additional cooking grates and a nice cart to put it in you can be looking at as much as $2,000 for a fully decked out grill.