Grilling. It’s not just for hot dogs and burgers any more. At our store in Kidron, Ohio, we carry a complete line of grills and accessories. And most Saturdays through the summer and fall, we have our grills fired up. From grilled fruit, to baking bread, to steaks and chicken, we can help you experience the Thrill of the Grill.
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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.
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).
Lighting the Grill
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).
- Light the charcoal with a fire starter cube or two, and you can also use chimney starter or electric starter. Leave the dome open.
- Wait 5-10 minutes for the charcoal to build a small bed of embers.
- 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)
- Close the dome and fully open the top vent.
- When you are 25°F (14°C) from your target temperature, close the top vent down to one-third open.
- Wait 1-2 minutes for the temperature to stabilize. Increase or decrease the airflow of the top vent as needed. A 1/4" (6mm) move can change the temperature by as much as 25°F (14°C).
Low Temperature Cooking (Smoking)
- For "low and slow" temperatures like 225°F (107°C), start with a very small fire in one area of the charcoal.
- 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 200°F (93°C), set the draft door to 1" (25mm) open (Fig. 5) and the top vent to 1/2" (13mm) 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.
The Primo Patented Oval Design
Oval Beats Round Every Time
The Patented Oval delivers the highest level of cooking versatility and performance. It creates two distinct cooking zones, so that you can cook directly over the charcoal on one half of the grill and cook indirectly with the use of a deflector. This two-zone cooking method gives you far more control over the doneness food. You get the same control with our gas model, the Primo Oval G 420.
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.
An added benefit of the Primo Oval Design is that it holds more food than round grills. Most food is not round and you can cook out to the edge of the Primo Oval without losing valuable cooking space.
Primo Multiple Cooking Methods
Grill sizzling and 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, caramelize, flambé, broil, fricassee, pan-fry, baste, parboil, boil, poach, scallop, simmer, stew, stir-fry, and more.
(Direct Cooking) One-Zone
Grilling & Roasting
(Direct & Indirect Cooking) Two-Zone
Baking, Roasting & Smoking
(Indirect Cooking) One-Zone