Why A Primo?

Oval Beats Round Every Time

Primo's Patented Oval Design

The unique patented oval shape delivers the highest cooking flexibility and efficiency of any other ceramic grill. It creates two different and distinct cooking zones. If you've ever tried to grill a steak and vegetables at the same time it's likely that the steak came out fine, but the vegetables came out too charred. Or you had to roast the vegetable first, then keep them warm while you grill the steaks. We ran into the same problem. Now you know why we developed the Primo Oval.

Primo's Oval Design gives you more control when cooking foods that require different temperatures and locations to the natural lump charcoal. Commonly referred to as "two-zone" cooking, it's the ability to simultaneously cook with direct and indirect heat. It's similar to turning off half the burners on a gas grill, but Primo offers all the flavour of a natural wood fire!

Grill thick sizzling bone-in ribeyes while roasting farm fresh corn on the cob on the other side. Round ceramic grills may promise, but can't deliver the extremely efficient cooking abilities of a Primo Oval.

Primo's Multiple Cooking Methods

Grill mouthwatering juicy cheeseburgers, bake authentic wood-fired pizza, roast a turkey, or smoke a beef brisket to tender perfection. Virtually any food and recipe can be cooked on a Primo Oval Grill.

A Primo Grill allows you to grill, bake, roast, smoke, sear, braise, sauté, barbecue, carmelize, flambé, broil, fricassee, pan-fry, baste, parboil, boil, poach, scallop, simmer, stew, stir-fry, and more.

Grilling (Direct Cooking) One-Zone
Grilling & Roasting (Direct & Indirect Cooking) Two-Zone
Baking, Roasting & Smoking (Indirect Cooking) One-Zone
 

Lasts a Lifetime

Best-In-Category Limited Lifetime Warranty Backed by a 20-Year Guarantee

Primo is the only ceramic grill company to offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by a 20-Year Guarantee. Surprisingly, most people don't realize that a lifetime warranty is defined by each state, not the company offering it. Some states determine that a lifetime warranty can be as little as a few years. Primo's limited lifetime warranty with a 20-year guarantee assures that your new grill is covered for many years of use and enjoyment.

A Quick Look at Primo's Warranty

Primo Ceramic Grills warrants to the original purchaser that their Primo Ceramic Grill is free of defects in material and workmanship at the date of purchase for the following periods:

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty Backed by a Twenty (20) year guarantee for all ceramic parts.
  • Five (5) years for all metal parts (excluding cast-iron parts).
  • One (1) year for all cast-iron parts.
  • Thirty (30) days on thermometers and felt gaskets.

New to Primo

If you're new to ceramic grills or a new Primo owner, a Primo Ceramic Grill is one of the most versatile outdoor cookers in the world. You can use it as a grill, an oven, a roaster, or a smoker with a simple adjustment to the airflow and cooking configuration. Here is an overview of our grills and the basics for using and enjoying our ceramic grills.

Grill Components

 
 

Cooking Configurations

Primo Ceramic Grills can be used as a grill, an oven, a roaster, or a smoker.

Grilling & Searing Use this configuration for grilling meat such as steaks, chicken breasts, or any foods that benefit from cooking directly over the charcoal fire.
Grilling & Roasting Use direct and indirect cooking zones to grill meat on the direct side, while roasting tender foods like seafood and vegetables on the indirect side.
Baking, Roasting & Smoking Use this configuration for indirect cooking such as an oven or smoker. Cook at low to medium temperatures for baking pizza or smoking meat. (Heat Deflectors/Racks required).
 
 

Instructions

Lighting the Grill

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Build a mound of natural lump charcoal. Use full firebox of charcoal for smoking and searing temperatures (Figure 1), or half a firebox of charcoal for two-zone cooking (Fig. 2).

  1. Light the charcoal with a fire starter cube or two, and you can also use chimney starter or electric starter. Leave the dome open.
  2. Wait 5-10 minutes for the charcoal to build a small bed of embers.
  3. Close the dome, then fully open the draft door (Figure 3) and fully open the top vent (Figure 4) by sliding the top disk all the way to the right.

Tip: Charcoal can be relit 2-3 times for multiple cooks. Use the ash tool to stir the used charcoal, so the ashes will drop through the fire grate. Add 30% new charcoal to the existing charcoal and build a new mound. This works well for roasting and grilling temperatures.

Tip: You can't have too much charcoal, but you can have too little.

Advisory: NEVER use lighter fluid or any other combustible liquid to light the charcoal. It will be absorbed by the ceramics and impart a "fuel" taste to food.

Controlling the Temperature (Grilling)

  1. Close the dome and fully open the top vent.
  2. When you are 14°C (25°F) from your target temperature, close the top vent down to one-third open.
  3. Wait 1-2 minutes for the temperature to stabilize. Increase or decrease the airflow of the top vent as needed. A 6mm (1/4") move can change the temperature by as much as 14°C (25°F).

Low Temperature Cooking (Smoking)

  1. For "low and slow" temperatures like 107°C (225°F), start with a very small fire in one area of the charcoal.
  2. Close the dome after 5 minutes with the draft door and top vent fully open. Allow the temperature to come up slowly until it reaches 93°C (200°F), set the draft door to 25mm (1") open (Fig. 5) and the top vent to 13mm (1/2") open with the daisy wheel holes fully open. Adjust the top vent as needed to maintain the target temperature.

Tip: Allow the temperature to rise slowly up to your target temperature. It is easy to raise the temperature, but very difficult to lower it.