Frequently Asked Questions
Why Cast Iron?
Since the beginning of the Iron Age, iron has been recognized for its superior strength and durability. Its unique thermal properties have also made it the material of choice for cookware. Goldens’ Cast Iron Cookers capitalize on the enduring strength and even heating characteristics of cast iron to create a kamado grill without equal.
Life is fragile. Your grill doesn't have to be!
Did somebody ask about durability? Unlike ceramic grills, the cast iron kamado is Made in the USA and is built to last. Goldens’ Cast Iron Cookers come with a lifetime guarantee. Our family has been pouring iron and machining castings for five generations. Solid cast iron construction and engineering allows us to truly say that the Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker can go from our fifth generation to yours!
Don’t take our word for it. Ask your Grandma – just watch that she doesn’t smack you in the head with her cast iron skillet for asking stupid questions!
What About Rust?
Rust – heck, what about earthquakes and hurricanes! Mother Nature can be tough, and Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker is up to the challenge. The exterior is covered with a high temperature coating that protects the grill from rust. The interior of the grill will be protected as you use it – by giving all the interior surfaces a fine patina of smoke and flavor. As for hurricanes, properly mounted on our patented hurricane stand, your Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker will be ready to cook when the tide goes out. Earthquakes? We take the shaking and keep on baking or grilling or smoking. 3/8” cast iron walls ensure the weathering of harsh conditions.
What are the cooker dimensions?
Cooker Dimensions Without Cart:
- Width – 22.5″ (outer width), 20.5″ (inner width)
- Height – 30.25″
- Depth – 29.75″
- Weight – 334 LBS
Cooker and Table Cart Specs (Trex and Stainless Steel):
- Length – 29.75″
- Width – 66″
- Height – 47″
- Weight – 460 LBS
Cooker and Handle Cart Specs:
- Length – 29″
- Width – 33″
- Height – 44.5″
- Weight – 435 LBS
Doesn’t cast iron make it really heavy?
With our engineered spring and hinge design, the 22.5” diameter lid can be easily opened with one hand. How did we do it? One word – Science. We know that usability is just as important as durability. We use our cookers all the time. So we have been designing and engineering with our users in mind.
Grate and Searing Plate Maintenance: For post cooking, use a wood scraper only. NEVER use metal on your grates and searing plate. Clear the grates and searing plates of cooking debris. Before the cooker cools down, spray your searing plate and grates with cooking spray or canola oil to protect them from exposure to the elements.
Cooker Maintenance: To avoid exposure and moisture, keep your cooker top closed, the top vent closed and for good measure, cover your cooker once at normal air temperature. Consider storing your cast iron accessories indoors until the next cook. Get your cooker cover here!
Ash removal: Just remove your grates, searing plate, fire box divider and simply use a shop vac to remove the ashes. You can also open the lower vent and place your vacuum hose in that area to remove more ash. That’s it!
Is there a User Manual or Warranty Info on the Kamado?
How do I reach Customer Support?
If you need any help with our cookers, fire pits and weights, just go to our Customer Service page!
How do I season my cooker?
Seasoning: Place searing plate and or grates on the cooker and use peanut oil or canola oil to coat them evenly. Set cooker at 350 degrees for one hour. You can repeat this process a second time for further seasoning before your first cook.
How do I mount my cooker to an outdoor kitchen surface?
There are four bolt holes at the bottom of the cooker. First, you would carefully remove the fire box. It’s heavy so make sure you have another person helping. There is a threaded hole in the bottom. It is 1/2-13 bolt hole size. So you need a threaded rod from Home Depot or Lowes to remove it. Once removed, you’ll see four bolt holes at the bottom of the cooker for mounting to your outdoor kitchen surface. We strongly recommend that you mount it for safety so that the cooker is tightly secured.
Fire Box Removal: The threaded center hole size, for firebox removal, takes a 1/2-13 threaded bolt or rod. The OD is roughly 1/2″ and there are 13 threads per inch (TPI).
I scratched my cooker. How can I touch it up?
The cooker is specially powder coated with a high performance, high temperature gloss. For a touch up on the dome, we would recommend a high temperature paint you can buy at Home Depot or something similar like Rustoleum Black High Heat Ultra Spray Paint.
Since it’s made out of metal, won’t it get really hot?
Let’s be clear, if you’re grilling over high heat so that you can perfectly sear those t-bones on our cast iron searing plate at 800°, the outside of the grill will be hot – just like it is for all cookers with a grate temperature of 800°! But unless you have both poor judgment and a leaf blower you won’t be upwards of 800° much of the time (seriously, put down the blower). So you’ll need to use the same care you use around any other grill or cooker.
Can you cook in extremely cold sub-zero weather?
That’s a great question. Our cooker is safe to cook on at the most extreme temps. Our iron is a proprietary blend of ductile and grey iron that allows the iron to flex with extreme temperature shifts, so it won’t crack! See this review from a Goldens’ owner from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin! Youtu.be/XLR3Xy7Qazk
Getting Down to Details...
- The Cooker Cart Combo weighs in at 450 lbs. That’s a 330 lb Cooker and a 120 lb Cart.
- The total dimensions of the Cooker and Cart are 66″ wide, 47″ tall and 27.75″ deep.
- The available cooking surface is 21″ which gives you 330 square inches of cooking space!
It's too expensive!
You get exactly what you pay for. When we say, “The highest quality, always”, we have nearly 140 years of experience to back it up. Our Goldens’ Cast Iron Cookers are top quality, not the typical disposable and fragile ceramic grills on the market. What customers are buying is a well engineered, durable, American made product that never needs assembly, never needs adjustments, and more importantly, never fails. In addition, the thermodynamics of cast iron are far superior to ceramic, giving you a long and consistent burn. So you might balk at what many consider an investment for generations. But one thing is sure. We are never “out of stock”, as many ceramic companies appear to be these days. They can’t seem to get their imported ceramic. We’ve have many happy customers and when people buy Goldens’ Cast Iron, they support American manufacturing, and support American families. We appreciate that very much. Trust when we say, “If you actually see the cooker in person, it will immediately change your mind, as is has with many former ceramic owners”. You’re welcome to visit us or any authorized dealer. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Also, we do have a great opportunity for you to pay as you go! We provide easy and affordable financing through our partner, Bread, so you can pay for your purchase over time. Take a look!
Can I get colors?
First, black is a color. In fact, it’s our most popular color. If you want to ask about a different color combination, you better give us a call.
Is it just good for smoking?
Heck no! It’s versatile!
- Smoking – Slow cooking at a low temperature is easy. The Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker can hold temperatures for more than 12 hours without having to add additional lump charcoal.
- Grilling – Just like a traditional charcoal or gas grill, but with the added benefit of radiant heat which means more moisture is retained in the food.
- Searing – The Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker can easily reach temperatures above 600 degrees. Using the searing plate means you can sear steaks to perfection.
- Baking – Yes, baking! Anything you can bake in an oven you can bake on the Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker. Anything? Yes… turkey, pizza, cake, chicken, mac & cheese, casseroles, and more.
Is burping rude?
Not when you are cooking on the Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker. When you are cooking at temperatures above 250 degrees, you should burp your Cooker. Simply open up the dome a couple of inches, close, and repeat three times. By burping the grill, you are preventing potential flare ups.
What happens if I don’t burp the Goldens' Cast Iron Cooker?
This really is a safety issue. The trapped heat can quickly exhaust if the grill is opened up too fast. The result can be spontaneous combustion! If you don’t want hair on your arms, however, this can get the job done fast.