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23″ ~ Ultimate

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The 23″ Ultimate is the original flagship of the Komodo Kamado line, previously known as the OTB. Over the last 10 years every component has been refined and perfected. This grill is a absolute pleasure to use and performs effortlessly. From grilling, to low and slow smoking to baking pizza this grill covers it all with style. Whether you are a competition chef or buying your first smoker, this grill will exceed your highest expectations. If you are interested in the 23″ KK Ultimate, you do not want to miss this review. Naked Whiz Review

  • BB32 Cost
    $4,260    Standard square tiles 
    $4,420    Pebble shaped tiles  
    $4,480   Bronze metallic tiles

  • Multi-Layer Construction
    The Ultimate 23 is designed for both durability and performance.  It is cast using refractory cements, these are the same materials industries use for all high temperature containment from blast furnaces to nuclear facilities. 

    Hot face:  This is the inside of the grill and has a dense durable refractory material. the firebox is the same material.

    Main Insulation layer:  This is a vermiculite based insulation that is fortified with AeroGel the world's most efficient insulation.

    Protective Tile layer:  The grill is jacketed with glazed ceramic tiles to protect the lightweight vermiculite insulation. A high tech insulation with nano ceramic spheres is used both as the adhesive and grout. This material is elastomeric and will flex as the grill expands when heated.

  • Ultimate 23  Dimensions
    Height:                         50 1/2″   (128 cm)
    Height (open)            57″           (145 cm)
    Height (to lip)            34″           (87 cm)
    Width (Body):            26″           (66 cm)
    Max width (legs):     30″          (76 cm)
    Depth:                          36″          (92 cm)
    Depth  (open) :          37″          (94 cm)

  • The Ultimate 23 comes loaded with three 304 Stainless cooking grids that can be used in four positions in the cooker.

    Upper Grill Area     274 sq"    (1,768 cm2)
    Main Grill Area      375 sq"    (2,420 cm2)
    Lower Grill Area    329 sq"    (2,122 cm2)
    Total Area               978 sq"    (6,308 cm2)

  • Ultimate 23 Grill Weight
    Gross Weight:  668 lbs   304 kg (crated with all components)
    Net Weight:      548 lbs   249 kg (with all components)
    Lid:     116 lbs   53 kg
    Base:  316 lbs   144 kg

    304 Stainless total 82 lbs
    Upper Grill 13 lbs
    Main Grill 17 lbs
    1/2 Main Grill 13 lbs
    Lower Grill 13 lbs

  • The Ultimate 23 comes rotisserie ready.  There is a sleeve on the inside left wall of the grill with a spring loaded plate and a sleeve on the right with a socket on the inside.  The drive  shaft has two bearings  and sockets on both ends.  One inside and one outside. The motor is mounted on the side accessory plate..and drives the outside socket which drives the roti..

    The Ultimate 23 can use a 8" cradle for turkeys and rib roasts and 6" cradle for chickens..  There is a new adapter to reduce an 8" cradle to 6".

  • Automatic Temperature Controllers
    All KK grills come plug and play ready for temperature control devices. These use fans and  probes to control airflow/temperature.  Just set your target grill temperature and walk away. Some models use wifi to send both your grill and meat's temps to your smart phone.  The two most popular ones are the BBQ Guru (theBbqGuru.com)and  the Stoker  (RocksBarbque.com)  There is a special faceplate with a Guru inducer tube built into the body with a machined spring loaded plug that lets you easily install and remove the controller's fan. the controller's polder cables go thru a special tube in the body.

The Handle and Latch Mechanism
The grill has an interlocking lip with a collapsable silicone gasket. This latch has a roller bearing and a two position catch. When you close the grill it catches on the first position. Firmly press the paddle towards the grill and the bearing rolls up and over the cam pulling the grill snugly closed and making an absolutely airtight seal. Click on images to enlarge.


Rear Hinge assembly
The rear hinge assembly is produced using state of the art CNC machines.  Brushed 304 stainless is digitally laser cut then folded, creating pieces with uniformity previously unavailable. A bit overkill for a grill but is absolutely beautiful if you appreciate mechanical craftsmanship. KK-23Hinge
Two Piece Firebox
KK’s patented Two-Piece firebox No avoiding physics.. The firebox needs to expand when heated. This design prevents the cracking that plagues traditional ceramic grills. KKsiteFirebox                          
Charcoal basket
1/4″ 304 stainless steel charcoal basket makes it easy to remove ash and unburned charcoal. KK-site-23-CharcoalBasket                          
Lower Sear Grill/Grid
3/8″ / 9mm, 304 stainless Lower Sear Grill Puts the meat down near the coals for effortless browning and searing. The front half moon is removable, which lets you add smoking wood during low and slow cooks. KK-Site23Lower                          
Main Cooking Grill/Grid
3/8″ / 9mm, 304 stainless Main Grill Countersunk from the lip, which keeps unruly meat on the grill and prevents you from closing the lid on your food. The front half moon can be opened, which lets you add smoking wood during low and slow cooks. KKsiteMainGrill                          
Upper Cooking Grill/Grid
3/8″ / 9mm, 304 stainless Upper / Reversible Sear Grill Gives you additional space for low and slow cooks, raises your food up into the radiant heat zone (from the ceiling) for browning everything from chickens to pizza to bread. Upper grill can be used over the rib rack. KKsite-UpperGrill                          
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