Kamado Joe Classic II 18" KJ23RHC grill

This Kamado Joe Kamado was Very Good in overall performance and has the following:

  • 270 sq. in. of primary and.
  • no secondary cooking areas.
  • 330 sq. in. of shelf space


The Kamado Joe Classic II 18" KJ23RHC is part of the Grill test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Grill models like the Classic II 18" KJ23RHC are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Convenience: Convenience is based on whether the kamado has a aligning lid, wheels for moving the kamado, and shelves. How easy it is to add charcoal, light and venting of the kamado.

Cleaning: Cleaning is based on how easy it is to clean the ash from the kamado.

Cooking performance: Both high temperature and low temperature cooking was done on the kamado grills. Fresh pizza was cooked at the high temperature and pork shoulder was cooked at a low temperature.


Locking lid Locking lid The kamado grill has a locking lid that helps keep a tighter seal during cooking
Utensil hooks Utensil hooks The kamado grill has utensil hooks on its side shelves for hanging barbecue tools.
Fold down shelf(s) Fold down shelf(s) Indicates whether the grill has one or more fold down shelves.
Additional features or accessories Additional features or accessories Additional features or accessories can be a cover, bottle opener, bottom shelf, type of vents etc.
has lid lift assist, top and bottom vents are not numbered but top vent has lines for adjusting temperatures, Top vent can also be used as a chimney, cover, pizza stone


Exterior dimensions (HxWxD) Exterior dimensions The exterior measurement of the kamado with shelves.
50 x 45 x 31
Exterior grill material Exterior grill material The manufacturer's claim for the exterior grill material.
Ceramic with plastic shelves
Grates Grates The type of grates on the kamado grill.
Primary cooking grid area (sq. in.) Primary cooking grid area Primary cooking grid area
Secondary cooking grid area (sq. in.) Secondary cooking grid area Secondary cooking grid area
Shelf space (sq. in.) Shelf space Shelf space rounded to the nearest 5 sq. in.
Wheels and casters Wheels and casters Most kamados nest in a cart with wheels or casters or both. Those with legs without wheels or casters have to be picked up to move from place to place.
2 locking and 2 rubber casters
Warranty (yrs.) Warranty (yrs.) The length of the warranty, in years.
Limited lifetime (ceramic),5 (metal parts), 3 (heat deflector, pizza stone),1 (gauge, gaskets)