About Primo Grills
About Primo Ceramic Grills
The Primo Stroy
When George Samaras completed his tour of duty as a pharmacist in the Greek military in 1986, he needed to find a career so he turned to his love of the sea. He began racing sailboats and captaining a yacht for tourist excursions throughout the Greek islands. In 1988, he met his future wife Kelley, an American who was vacationing with her family and had chartered Samaras’ boat. George was taken with Kelley and they stayed in touch after she returned home. She eventually moved to Greece and later the two were married. Seven years later, the couple decided to move to the United States.
George’s fatherin-law had a Kamado cooker and on Thanksgiving Day,George had roasted turkey for the first time. He was amazed at the juiciness and delicious flavor of the bird that was cooked on the kamado. It looked and performed unlike any grill he had ever used. He bought a kamado for himself and cooked on it regularly. He told his friends and family about it and began shipping them back to Greece for them to use. Eventually George had over 80 people in his homeland that wanted a kamado, so he asked the manufacturer if he could start a distributorship in Greece, but they declined.
Not to be deterred, George saw a niche in the market and decided that he would make his own kamado cookers. He was told by many people, including ceramic engineers, that it couldn’t be done, but he pressed on and spent the next several years developing and testing his own formula for the refractory material to get the right blend. In 1996, he was ready to sell his ceramic grills. Samaras chose the name, “Primo” which means “the best” in Italian. His first manufacturing facility was a 700 sq. ft. space he rented. Due to the limited space he could only make two grills at a time and he had to drive across town to a kiln to have them fired.
Over the next several years, Primo’s kamado style grill grew in popularity as word spread about their quality and as the only ceramic grill made in the United States. Samaras has a love for improving his ceramic grills and innovative products and in 2000 he introduced the Primo 2000, a combination gas and ceramic grill. His idea was to use the superior heat and moisture retention characteristics of a ceramic grill and the convenience of gas as a heat source that so many outdoor cookers prefer. It was an unrivaled product never before seen in the industry, and over 700 were sold. Production was discontinued a few years later due to the shipping and assembly requirements. George was also looking beyond the round shape of the traditional kamado and discovered that an oval-shape offered a much higher cooking versatility and efficiency. It forever changed the direction of Primo. The introduction of the patented oval-shaped grill in 2002 established Primo as a major manufacturer in the ceramic grill market.
Today, Primo is headquartered in a 92,000 sq. ft. facility in Tucker, Georgia where their ceramic grills are produced. Primo is available in more than 24 countries around the world.
The Primo Advantage
Proudly Made in the USA
4 out of 5 Americans prefer products made in the USA.* Primo is the only ceramic grill made in America. We use domestic raw materials, and the firing and assembly all take place at our headquarters in Tucker, Georgia. We are extremely proud of the American ingenuity and quality craftsmanship in each of our ceramic grills. Surprisingly, virtually all major ceramic grill companies source their grills from foreign companies. They have little or no quality control of the manufacturing process.
* Consumer Reports magazine February 2013
Patented Oval Shape
The unique patented oval shape delivers the highest cooking flexibility and efficiency of any other ceramic grill. Get true two-zone direct and indirect simultaneous cooking on each side of your grill. Grill steaks on the direct side and roast vegetables on the indirect side. The oval shape also creates an extremely efficient cooking area with easier accessibly to your food. It accommodates more food like steaks, sausages, large roasts, ribs and whole chickens. Grill, bake, roast or smoke more food at one time.
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, 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. Our limited lifetime warranty with a 20-year guarantee assures you that your new grill is covered for many years of use and enjoyment.
The combination of our premium-grade ceramics and Primo Natural Lump Charcoal creates amazingly juicy food with true charcoal flavor. The ceramic shell helps food retain its natural moisture, unlike metal grills that pull the moisture out. Our charcoal is made from American hardwoods and infuses your food with a distinctively mild smoky flavor.
Exceptional Temperature Control
Cook as low as 150°F to smoke a salmon or to well over 850°F for sizzling ribeyes. Or cook “low and slow” for multiple hours to enjoy a succulent leg of lamb or tender pulled pork.
Low Maintenance & Self Cleaning
Primo ceramic grills practically take care of themselves. Periodic inspections ensure that your grill will perform and look great for years. Our grills also work like a self-cleaning oven.
Lights Easily & Heats Quickly
You can be ready to cook in as little as 15 minutes; the same time it takes to preheat a gas grill. Another great feature of our Natural Lump Charcoal is that it can be relit for multiple cookings.
Primo ceramic grills are made to live outdoors. Our premium-grade ceramics, glazes and hardware are made to withstand extreme climates. Depend on Primo Ceramic Grills wherever you live.
Primo ceramic grills are composed of a proprietary blend of natural materials to make the highest grade of ceramics available for superior heat and moisture retention. Combined with quality-controlled production processes and an unmatched firing temperature, our ceramics are significantly more efficient than other ceramic grills. Use less fuel, reach your desired temperature faster and reduce your cooking time with Primo.
Primo’s Patented Oval Design
The One. The Only. True Oval.
The Primo Oval offers true two-zone simultaneous direct and indirect cooking. That’s a fancy way of saying that you get two very distinct cooking zones.
Almost like using a grill and an oven at the same time. Grill steaks on the direct side and roast seafood or vegetables on the indirect side. No round grill offers so much cooking versatility. The Reversible Cooking Grid, Heat Deflector Plates, Extension Racks, and other accessories allow you to create more than 69 different cooking configurations. No other grill offers so much versatility. Grill, bake, roast or smoke any food with Primo.
Cool air is drawn into the bottom vent, then heated by the charcoal. The heated air convects around the food before exiting the top vent. The ceramic shell retains more heat than metal grills, and helps food retain more of its moisture than conventional grills.
Popular Cooking Configurations
Grilling & Searing
With Grilling & Searing the deflector plates are removed so that the food above receives full radiant heat to produce that perfect charred steak.
Grilling & Roasting
The Grilling & Roasting configuration is designed to shield the radiant heat from the food to ensure it only receives convection type heat.
Baking, Roasting & Smoking
The Baking, Roasting & Smoking configuration is the same as the Grilling & Roasting configuration, but with the except of the use of 2 deflector plants.
Baking & Roasting
The right side of the cooking area is using radiant heat for Grilling & Searing, while the left side is making use of convection type heat for roasting.
Grilling, Searing & Roasting
The Grilling & Roasting configuration is set up so that the left side gets radiant heat & the right side makes use of convection type heat.
PRIMO CERAMIC GRILL TYPES
Jack Daniel’s Edition Primo Oval XL 400
The Jack Daniel’s Edition Oval XL 400 is our exclusive ceramic grill that celebrates American ingenuity, quality craftsmanship and the independent spirit of grillers and barbecuers who share our passion for great food and extraordinary whiskey.
Available as “grill only”, with Jack Daniel’s Edition One- Piece Island Top, Jack Daniel’s Edition Two-Piece Island Top (shown) or any of our XL grill table models and carts.Learn More
Primo Oval XL 400
The Primo Oval XL 400 is one of our most popular ceramic grills, and no wonder. It offers the largest cooking area and the patented oval shape creates extremely high cooking efficiency and accessibility. Grill, bake, roast or smoke any food. Made for grillers and barbecuers who share our passion for great food.
Available as “grill only”, optional Primo Cart with Basket and One-Piece Island Top with two cup holders (shown right) or any of our other Oval XL grill table models and carts.Learn More
Primo Oval LG 300
The Primo Oval LG 300 is perfect for cooking “large” amounts of food. Grill, bake, roast or smoke any food and increase your cooking area with our extended rack system. Features include a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, reversible cooking grates, and a stainless steel draft door.
Available as “grill only”, optional Primo Cart with Basket and One-Piece Island Top with two cup holders (shown right) or any of our other Oval Large grill table models and carts.Learn More
Primo Oval JR 200
The Primo Oval JR 200 is deceptively large when it comes to cooking ability. In fact, two 14 lb. turkeys can be roasted simultaneously. Perfect as a primary grill or to complement your current gas grill. Features include a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, reversible cooking grates, and a stainless steel draft door.
Available as “grill only”, Primo Cart with Basket and Two-Piece Poly Table Top (shown), Teak Grill Table, Compact Cypress Grill Table or Metal Cart with Stainless Steel Table Top.Learn More
Primo Kamado All-In-One
The Primo Kamado All-In-One is our traditional 18.5” round Kamado style ceramic grill. Features a new ergonomic handle, Cradle Stand, FDA approved food safe Side Tables, Ash Tool, and Grate Lifter. Features also include a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, porcelain coated cooking grate, and a stainless steel lower draft door.Learn More