The SmokeWare ® Story

Smokeware owner Matt MerrittShort History of the Kamado Style Grill

Grilling and Smoking has become a favorite American pastime and is enjoyed by families and friends across the United States, Canada and many other countries!  This experience was further enhanced with the arrival of the Kamado Style Grill to the American landscape.

Beginning in the early 1970’s with the Big Green Egg ®, the kamado style grill became central fixture in American BBQ.  The industry has evolved over the years to include brands like Kamado Joe ®, Primo ®, Grill Dome ®, Vision®, and Sapphire ®.  New brands continue to enter the market and the industry is expanding worldwide.

The kamado-style grill offers significant advantages over traditional kettle grills.  By using “natural charcoal” combined with exacting temperature control, via ventilation at the top and bottom of the charcoal pit, you can extend your cooking time and manage your temperatures effectively!  Think slow and tasty!


The Kamado Grill Upgrades

In 2006, I got a large Big Green Egg as a gift and learned first-hand about all the advantages of cooking on a kamado-style ceramic grill. After grilling some steaks “Pittsburg-Style” and slow-smoking some whole “Texas Tickler Chickens” I immediately became a big fan of the kamado grill. I also found out quickly that weather could be an issue with Ceramic Grills due to the flat top ventilation.

In Florida, we have a lot of great grilling weather, but we also have a lot of afternoon thunder showers that show-up during prime grilling time. After getting rained on several times I began to look for a way to eliminate weather issues when grilling. I wanted to keep on grilling, even in the Rain!

I tried holding umbrellas over my grill but my arm got tired. I tried moving the grill in my garage, but decided that was not safe. I tried a couple other solutions but none seemed to work.

Eventually, I solved this weather problem when I came up with the prototype for the SmokeWare Stainless Steel Vented Chimney Cap. It kept the rain out of my Big Green Egg and solved my weather issues. No more cook-out’s ruined by an unexpected thunderstorm!


The Stainless Steel Chimney Cap is a Better Design!

SmokeWare began with the idea that an improved kamado vent cap made of Stainless Steel with an improved design could provide many advantages over the traditional daisy wheel (OEM Cap). Based on the overwhelming response from our customers and sales, our proprietary SmokeWare ® Stainless Steel Chimney Cap has been a success. 

If you own or have reviewed our premier product then you are already aware of many of the advantages it offers:

  • The ability to cook in any weather.
  • The Stainless Cap will not fall-off or change settings when opening your Grill Dome
  • Avoid Flare-ups (unwanted temp changes) and “sticking” from excessive build-up of grease and exhaust.
  • Eliminates rust and difficulty in cleaning.
  • New vent design improvements allow for greater temperature control at low temp cooks.

We continue to refine our Chimney Cap and have added a second larger size to meet the demand from Kamado Joe ® Big Joe, Classic and Primo ® XL owners.  The Spring of 2015 will bring high-temp adapters to the market to allow our SmokeWare ® to be used on a host of other size grills, including the Big Green Egg ® Small and MiniMax ™.


Additional Products to Enhance Your Kamado Grilling Experience

In addition to the Chimney Cap, SmokeWare has also added new proprietary products like Nomex Replacement Gaskets and Large Face Temp Gauges.  We’ve partners with “Innovations by Chance” and others to sell products such as:

  • The Ultra Bright Grill Light
  • Grate Racks
  • Fishbones Charcoal Grate
  • Scrapesation- The safe way to clean your Grill Grate!
  • Grate Lifter & Grate Stacker

We are also adding a host of other new products. We will continue to expand our marketing and sales efforts to bring innovative and exciting products to the market place for the benefit of our customers and the industry.


Future Remains Bright

SmokeWare is growing. We’ve added a new warehouse and renovated offices that allow us to meet the growing popularity of our products. We have a friendly staff that includes Carly, Matt, Ryan, Jared and Tucker. Our future remains solid and we hope to continue to grow providing superior service and by remaining vigilant in responding to the market and our customers.  We look forward to serving you and improving your grilling experience!  

Happy Grilling!
Matthew H Merritt 

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